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Black Turfgrass Beetle

Scientific Name
Ataenius picinus
Scientific Author
Harold, 1867
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Eupariini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Head Oblique - Adult
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COL209
Source
Caroline Harding MPI
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Body length 1.5-7.0 mm. Elongate, parallel-sided or not, usually reddish-brown to black, few with color patterns, some dorsally setose, others distinctly agrillaceous. Head usually convex, surface smooth, granulate, wrinkled, or rugose. Clypeus with distinct median emargination, toothed or not on either side, margin usually thickened at middle. Pronotum variable shape, usually not explanate; often with setal fringe. Mesosternum carinate between coxae. Mesotarsi usually not longer than tibia. Hind tibiae with outer apical angle always prolonged and often spiniform. Abdominal fluting distinct. External sexual dimorphisms subtle, if present.

References

- Downie, N.M. & Arnett, R.H., Jr. (1996). The beetles of Northeastern North America, Vols. 1 & 2. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, Florida, 1720 pp.

- Ratcliffe, B.C. & Jameson, M.L. (eds), (2002). Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles. Available online: http://www-museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/Guide/Scarabaeoidea/Scarabaeidae/Aphodiinae/AphodiinaeTribes/Aphodiini/Aphodius/Aphodius.html (Date of access: 30 Apr 2009) .
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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
01/02/2011 07:10 AEST
Last Updated
08/05/2014 00:59 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Black Turfgrass Beetle (Ataenius picinus) Updated on 5/8/2014 12:59:52 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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