Aphodius

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Aphodius
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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 most species both the adults and larvae are coprophagous (dung feeding)[4] although some species have herbivorous or saprophagous larvae.[5] Aphodius species typically dominate dung beetle communities in north temperate ecosystems.[6] Most species are functionally classified as endocoprids, also known as dwellers, because the larvae live and feed within the dung pat itself.[7]

Species[edit]

Aphodius ghardimaouensis
Aphodius septemmaculatus

This genus includes nearly 1,650 described species:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  4. ^ Valiela, Ivan (1974). "Composition, food webs, and population limitation in dung arthropod communities during invasion and succession"journal=American Midland Naturalist". 92: 370–385, from page 380. doi:10.2307/2424302. 
  5. ^ Hanksi, Ilkka and Cambefort, Yves. Dung Beetle Ecology. Princeton University Press, p. 83.
  6. ^ Hanksi, Ilkka and Cambefort, Yves. Dung Beetle Ecology. Princeton University Press, p. 75.
  7. ^ Finn, J. A.; Gittings, T. (2003). "A review of competition in north temperate dung beetle communities". Ecological Entomology. 28 (1): 1–13. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2311.2002.00487.x. 
  8. ^ Hanksi, Ilkka and Cambefort, Yves. Dung Beetle Ecology. Princeton University Press, p. 39.
  9. ^ 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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