Aphodiinae

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Aphodiinae
Aphodius spec.jpg
Unidentified Aphodius species
from Graz, Austria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Aphodiinae
Tribes

Aegialiini
Aphodiini
Eupariini
Odontolochini
Proctophanini
Psammodiini
Stereomerini
Rhyparini

Central European Aphodiinae (mainly Aphodius)

The subfamily Aphodiinae consists of species often labelled aphodiine dung beetles. Mostly, though not exclusively, beetles of this subfamily do indeed feed on dung.

They are among the smallish members of their family Scarabaeidae, and have a plump and roughly oval shape. Typically, their legs are stout and partly flattened into toothed flanges, allowing them to move about quickly in their soft habitat. The forward part of aphodiines is generally blackish, and often very shiny. The elytra, on the other hand, are sometimes black, but usually some hue of brown to yellowish, with a conspicuously structured surface and/or a pattern of (usually rather coarse) lighter or darker markings found in many species.

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