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Nialaphodius Kolbe 1908
Nialaphodius Kolbe 1908: 128

Nialaphodius nigrita (Fabricius)
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Type species. Aphodius nigrita Fabricius 1801: 73, by monotypy.

Diagnosis. Body length 3.2-4.2 mm, elongate, robust, entirely dark brown. Head with tubercles. Pronotum robust, lacking marginal line at base. Scutellum pentagonal, sides convergent toward base. Elytral humerus lacking tooth; intervals moderately convex. Protibial dorsal surface impunctate. Metatibial apical spinules short, equal in length.
Distribution. Worldwide, introduced in New World.

Composition. Worldwide, Nialaphodius contains 2 species, one of which occurs in the New World.

Nialaphodius nigrita
(Fabricius 1801: 73) [Aphodius], panglobal, tropical and subtropical.
                  = Aphodius binominatus Schmidt 1906: 202.
                  = Aphodius cuniculus Chevrolat 1864: 411.
                  = Aphodius expertus Harold 1871: 19.
                  = Aphodius granarius var. guadeloupensis Fleutiaux and SallĂ© 1889: 396.
                  = Aphodius nigritulus Bohemann 1857: 338.
                  = Aphodius paivanus Wollaston 1867: 90.

                  = Aphodius pervicax Balthasar 1942: 119.
                  = Aphodius tuberifrons Fairmaire 1903: 187.
                  = Aphodius vestiarius Horn 1870: 121.

Life History. Details are unknown. Often collected at lights.
Larvae. Unknown.

Bordat, P. 1990. Faune de Madagascar Insectes Coleopteres Aphodiidae: Aphodiinae et Eupariinae. Museu Nationale d’Histoire Naturalle, Paris 74: 18-129. [p. 62, synonymy for N. nigrita]
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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