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Hybosorus illigeri
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Infraorder: Scarabaeiformia
Family: Hybosoridae
Erichson, 1847

Hybosoridae, sometimes known as the scavenger scarab beetles, is a family of scarabaeiform beetles. The 690 species in 97 genera occur widely in the tropics, but little is known of their biology.

Hybosorids are small, 5–7 mm in length and oval in shape. Color ranges from a glossy light brown to black. They are distinctive for their large mandibles and labrum, and their 10-segmented antennae, in which the 8th antennomore of the club is deeply grooved and occupied by the 9th and 10th antennomeres. The legs have prominent spurs.

The larvae have the C-shape and creamy white appearance typical of the scarabaeiforms. The 4-segmented legs are well-developed; the front legs are used to stridulate by rubbing against the margin of the epipharynx, a habit unique to this family.

Adults are known to feed on invertebrate and vertebrate carrion, with some found in dung. Larvae have been found in decomposing plant material. Little more is known of their life histories.

The group has been long recognized as distinct, primarily because of the larval characteristics, either as a distinct family or as a subfamily of Scarabaeidae.


These 97 genera belong to the family Hybosoridae:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[2] c = Catalogue of Life,[3] g = GBIF,[4] b = Bugguide.net[5]


  1. ^ Federico C. Ocampo (2006). "Phylogenetic Analysis of the Scarab Family Hybosoridae and Monographic Revision of the New World Subfamily Anaidinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea)". University of Nebraska State Museum Bulletins. 19.
  2. ^ "Hybosoridae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  3. ^ "Browse Hybosoridae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  4. ^ "Hybosoridae". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  5. ^ "Hybosoridae Family Information". BugGuide.net. Retrieved 2018-04-23.