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Aphodius contaminatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Scarabeiformia
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Aphodius
Illiger, 1798

Aphodius is a genus of beetles in the Scarabaeidae family.[1][2][3] In their larval stage they feed on dung.[4]


Aphodius ghardimaouensis
Aphodius septemmaculatus

This genus has numerous species:[5]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ http://data.gbif.org/species/browse/taxon/13143053
  4. ^ Valiela, Ivan (1974). "Composition, food webs, and population limitation in dung arthropod communities during invasion and succession"journal=American Midland Naturalist" 92. pp. 370–385, from page 380. doi:10.2307/2424302. 
  5. ^ Aphodius at fuent.fi
  6. ^ Akhmetova, L. & Frolov, A. (2012). "A new scarab species, Aphodius gissaricus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: APhodiinae), from the Pamir-Alay mountains in Tajikistan." Zootaxa 3159: 65-68.

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