Sisyphus (beetle)

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Sisyphus longipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Scarabaeinae
Tribe: Sisyphini
Genus: Sisyphus
Latreille, 1807

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Sisyphus is a genus of dung beetles comprising more than 90 species.[1] Adults are characterised by their long hind legs.[2]


Africa, Eurasia, Asia, Central America and Australia.[1]


Adults separate balls of dung from droppings and roll them some distance over the soil surface before burying them.[2] Eggs are laid in the buried dung; this provides a source of food for the larvae once they hatch.


One common species is Sisyphus schaefferi (Linnaeus, 1758).


  1. ^ a b "Sisyphus - Taxonomy". Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Davis, Adrian L. V.; Scholtz, Clarke H.; Philips, T. Keith (September 2002). "Historical biogeography of scarabaeine dung beetles". Journal of Biogeography. 29 (9): 1217–1256. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2699.2002.00776.x.