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Caligodorus Gordon and Skelley 2007
Caligodorus Gordon and Skelley 2007: 221.

Caligodorus opacus LeConte
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Type species. Aphodius opacus LeConte 1872, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 4.5-6.2 mm, robust, slightly flattened, surface dulled, dark brown to black, some with elytra pale dorsally, dark laterally. Elytra with humeral denticle. Protibia with small apical accessory tooth on inner, ventral side. Metatibial apical spinules short, unequal in length.
Distribution. Western US and Canada.
Composition. Caligodorus contains 3 species.

Caligodorus opacus LeConte 1872: 193 [Aphodius, NW-USA, SW-Canada.
                  = Aphodius columbiensis Wickham 1913: 29.
Caligodorus tuberosus (Barrett 1932: 240) [Aphodius], CA,OR-USA.
                  = Aphodius schuhi Gordon 1975: 235.
Caligodorus vandykei (Barrett 1931: 101) [Aphodius], CA-USA.
Life History. Caligodorus opacus appears to be a surface generalist in forests. Caligodorus tuberosus and C. vandykei appear to be packrat dung specialists.
Larvae. Unknown.

Gordon, R. D., and P. E. Skelley. 2007. A monograph of the Aphodiini inhabiting the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 79: 580 pp.

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Author: Paul Skelley

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