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Cheirotonus macleayiMale.JPG
Male Cheirotonus sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Scarabeiformia
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Euchirinae
Hope, 1840
3 genera, 16 species


Euchirinae is a subfamily of Scarabaeidae or scarab beetles in the superfamily Scarabaeoidea.[1][2][3] They are sometimes referred to as "long-armed scarabs" due to the elongated forelegs of the males. These long legs often have median and apical spines that are fixed in the male while females have a movable terminal spine.[4]

They are sometimes included in Subfamily Melolonthinae as Tribe Euchirini.

Genera and species[edit]

This subfamily contains 3 genera with 16 species:[5] [6]

In this genus, males have the foretibia lined on the inside with dense golden hair-like structures. Species are known from Iran, Greece and southeastern China.

One fossil species C. otai has been described from Japan.[7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  4. ^ Young, RM (1989). "Euchirinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of the World: Distribution and Taxonomy". The Coleopterists Bulletin. 43 (3): 205–236. 
  5. ^ The Scarabs of Lavrnt
  6. ^ Euchiridae
  7. ^ Ueda, Kyoichiro (1989). "A Miocene fossil of long-armed scarabaeid beetle from Tottori, Japan" (PDF). Bull. Kitakyushu Mus. Nat. Hist. 9: 105–110. 

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