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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Dynastinae
Tribe: Pentodontini
Genus: Pericoptus
Burmeister, 1847

Pericoptus is a genus of large scarab beetles found in New Zealand. As many as five species are recognized.[1]



  1. ^ Parkinson, Brian and Don Horne (Photographer). (2007). A Photographic Guide to Insects of New Zealand. New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd.
  2. ^
  • Brown, J. G. (1967). Notes and records of New Zealand Scarabaeidae (Coleoptera). New Zealand Entomologist 3:42–50.
  • Crumpton, W. J. (1974). Eugregarines from the larva of the sand scarab (Pericoptus truncatus Fabricius; Scarabaeidae). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 4:319–326.
  • Dale, P. S. (1956). The sand scarab, Pericoptus. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Canterbury. New Zealand. 130.
  • Dale, P. S. (1963). Ecology, Life History and Redescription of Pericoptus truncatus (Fabricius). Trans. Roy. Soc. N.Z. (Zool.) 3 (3): 17-32.