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Liatongus mergacerus Hope, 1831 male (4712442634).jpg
Liatongus mergacerus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Scarabaeinae
Tribe: Oniticellini

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Oniticellini are a tribe of scarab beetles, in the true dung beetle subfamily (Scarabaeinae).[2] Nearly all species of this tribe feed on and nest in dung, mainly that of large herbivores. Most are tunnelers; dung is buried at the ends of tunnels dug below a dropping, and used as food by both adults and larvae; others, known as dwellers (including Oniticellus and Tragiscus) make brood cavities within or just beneath the dung.[2]


The Oniticellini have been divided into three subtribes: Drepanocerina, Helictopleurina and Oniticellina, but this arrangement is still under review.[2]

The following genera have been placed in the Oniticellini:[1]


  1. ^ a b "Oniticellini - Wikispecies". species.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Philips, T. Keith (2016). "Phylogeny of the Oniticellini and Onthophagini dung beetles (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae) from morphological evidence". ZooKeys. 579: 9–57. doi:10.3897/zookeys.579.6183. Retrieved 22 November 2016.