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Species Ataenius gracilis

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetles)
Tribe Eupariini
Genus Ataenius
Species gracilis (Ataenius gracilis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ataenius gracilis (Melsheimer)
Orig. Comb: Oxyomus gracilis Melsheimer 1844
Explanation of Names
gracilis (L). 'slender' (1)
Size
2.5-3.5 mm (2)
Identification
Very elongate, weakly convex, moderately shining. Piceous ; legs, anterior margin of clypeus, and pronotum often reddish. Head with numerous fine punctures arranged in short longitudinal or diagonal rows. Pronotum densely, evenly punctate. Metatibiae without accessory spine; apical fringe with 7 short spinules, 3 longer ones on outer angle. First tarsomere longer than long spur, and longer than next 3 combined.

Det. E. G. Riley, 2010
Range
e NA to CA (CA-FL-QC-MO) (3) / Mex. to S. Amer. / Cuba, West Indies / Micronesia, Pacific Islands (Skelley 2008)
Food
detritus, leaf litter (not recorded from dung)
Remarks
common at lights (in SC) (2)
Print References
Melsheimer, F.E. 1844. Descriptions of new species of Coleoptera of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 2: 134-160.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.