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Onthophagus nuchicornis 02.JPG
Onthophagus nuchicornis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Tribe: Onthophagini
Genus: Onthophagus
Latreille, 1802 [1]
Gazella scarab (Onthophagus gazella) males; note variation in horn size

Onthophagus is a genus of dung beetles in the Onthophagini tribe of the wider scarab beetle family, Scarabaeidae.[2] It is the most species-rich and widespread genus in the subfamily Scarabaeinae (the 'true' dung beetles), with a global distribution.


The Genus name derives from the Greek onthos, meaning dung, and phagos, meaning eater.[3]


This genus includes more than 20 subgenera and over 2,100 species.[1][4][5] Some of the subgenera (including Proagoderus, Diastellopalpus, Digitonthophagus, Strandius, and Euonthophagus) are now widely recognized as genera.[6]

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