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Mendidius Harold 1868
Mendidius Harold 1868: 86.

Mendidius aculeatus (Robinson)
Photo by P. Skelley.
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Type species. Aphodius fimbriolatus Mannerheim 1849: 235, by subsequent designation.
    = Cnemargus Harold 1866: 123 [not Cnemargus Motschulsky 1845].
= Aphodosurgames Endrödi 1964: 424. Type species: Aphodosurgames gobiensis Endrödi 1964, by monotypy.
Diagnosis. Body length 3.8-4.6 mm, elongate, robust, psammodiine-like, orange-brown. Head surface rugose. Clypeal margin toothed. Pronotum with basal marginal line. Scutellum triangular. Metatibial apical spinules short, equal in length.
Distribution. Palearctic, Oriental, Afrotropical (?), western North America.
Composition. Worldwide, Mendidius contains approximately 40 species, one of which occur in the New World.

Mendidius aculeatus
(Robinson 1940: 143) [Aphodius], W-USA, Mexico.
Life History. A few recent collections have been at light.
Larvae. Unknown.
Status of Classification. Except for the short, equal metatibial spinules, M. aculeatus appears similar to members of Xeropsamobeus.

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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