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Amerisaprus Stebnicka and Skelley, 2004
Amerisaprus Stebnicka and Skelley, 2004: 79.

Amerisaprus valdivia Stebnicka
and Skelley.
Photo by P. Skelley
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Type species. Amerisaprus valdivia Stebnicka and Skelley 2004: 79-80, by monotypy.


Diagnosis. Body length 2.8-3.0 mm, parallel-sided, black. Pronotum with posterior lateral margin eroded, dentate. Elytra with distinct humeral tooth. Hind wing lacking. Apical metatibial spurs not separated at base.


Distribution. Chile.


Composition. Amerisaprus presently contains a single species.
Amerisaprus valdivia Stebnicka and Skelley 2004: 79-80, Chile.


Life History. All specimens of Amerisaprus with collecting data indicate they were sifted from leaf litter.


Larvae. Unknown.


Status of classification. Amerisaprus appears most similar to members of the Australian and Tasmanian genus Saprus Blackburn.


Stebnicka, Z. T., and P. E. Skelley. 2004. In: Stebnicka, Z. T., M. Dellacasa, and P. E. Skelley. 2004. Review of the New World Aegialiini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae), with the description of two new genera from South America. Insecta Mundi [2003] 17(1-2): 73-83.

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Author: Paul Skelley

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