Aphodiine Dung Beetle
( Aphodiinae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Aphodiinae
(Leach ,1815 )
Common Name:Aphodiine Dung Beetle
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Scarabaeidae
Subfamily:Aphodiinae
Taxon Code:COL02171
ITIS/TSN:678499

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Morgan Territory, Morgan Territory, Morgan Territory, Clayton
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB380000
Open Space Location:Morgan Territory

RECOGNITION
Body Length
Rarely over 15 mm, most are less than 8 mm.
Diversity
More than 400 Species in 35-84 genera (depending on classification) of 6 tribes in North America, about 3,200 species in about 280 genera worldwide, arranged into 12 tribes.

BIOLOGY
Food
Many feed on dung, some are detritivores, psammophiles, saprophages, inquilines with ants or termites, or may potentially be predators; adults with reduced mandibles are suspected to feed primarily on bacteria or yeast-rich fluids in dung or decaying materials.
Distribution
Worldwide and throughout North America.
Diversity
More than 400 Species in 35-84 genera (depending on classification) of 6 tribes in North America, about 3,200 species in about 280 genera worldwide, arranged into 12 tribes.

CREDITS
Photographer
Mike Dame
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Subfamily Aphodiinae - Aphodiine Dung Beetles. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/13137). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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