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Onthophagus nuchicornis 02.JPG
Onthophagus nuchicornis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
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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  1. ^ a b Sergey I. Tarasov & Oleg N. Kabakov (2010). "Two new species of Onthophagus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Indochina, with a discussion of some problems with the classification of Serrophorus and similar subgenera" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2344: 17–28.
  2. ^ "Onthophagus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  3. ^ "Genus Onthophagus". BugGuide. John VanDyk. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  4. ^ Catalogue of life
  5. ^ "Onthophagus - Wikispecies". species.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  6. ^ Philips, T. Keith (11 April 2016). "Phylogeny of the Oniticellini and Onthophagini dung beetles (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae) from morphological evidence". ZooKeys. 579: 9–57. doi:10.3897/zookeys.579.6183. PMC 4829968. Retrieved 23 November 2016.

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