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Pharaphodius Reitter 1892
Pharaphodius Reitter 1892: 172.

Pharaphodius (s.l.) oleosus (Harold)
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Type species. Scarabaeus marginellus Fabricius 1781: 21, by subsequent designation.


Diagnosis. Body length 5.0-7.5 mm, elongate, somewhat robust, black. Head and pronotum smooth. Pronotum lacking basal marginal line. Scutellum pentagonal. All elytral striae reach apical margin. Metatibial apical spinules short, equal in length.

Distribution. Afrotropical(?), Oriental, Palearctic, Mexico.

Composition. Worldwide, Pharaphodius contains over 100 species, one of which occurs in the New World.

(s.l.) oleosus (Harold 1871: 260) [Aphodius], Mexico.

Life History. Unknown.
Larvae. Unknown.
Classification Status. Pharaphodius is a diverse, heterogeneous group whose members are generally recognized by the elytral striae not joining preapically, all striae reaching the apex. Pharaphodius oleosus and other members are tentatively kept in Pharaphodius pending detailed study.

Dellacasa, M., R.D.Gordon, and G. Dellacasa. 2002. Aphodiinae described or recorded by Bates in Biologia Centrali-Americana (Coleoptera Scarabaeoidea: Aphodiidae). Acta Zoologica Mexicana 86: 155-223.

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