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Scarab Beetle

Scientific Name
Ataenius sp.
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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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COL222
Source
Caroline Harding MPI
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Body length 1.5-7.0 mm. Elongate, parallel-sided, somewhat flattened, reddish-brown to black, glossy. Head broad, convex. Clypeus lacking teeth, surface finely punctate, rarely granulate. Pronotum rectangular or subquadrate, not much broader than head; some narrowly explanate at lateral margin. Elytral striae coarsely punctate. Meso- and metatibial apex with 1-3 accessory spines; some with median transverse carina on tibia. Abdominal sternites coalescent, sutures complete and usually fluted.

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/Eupariini/Saprosites/Saprosites.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 09:15 AEST
Last Updated
08/05/2014 01:04 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Scarab Beetle (Ataenius sp.) Updated on 5/8/2014 1:04:44 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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