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Planolinellus Dellacasa and Dellacasa 2005
Planolinellus Dellacasa and Dellacasa 2005: 75.

Planolinellus vittatus (Say)
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Type species. Aphodius vittatus Say 1825: 191, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 3.2-4.4 mm, elongate, parallel-sided, somewhat robust, black with reddish maculations on each elytron. Head with frontal suture pronounced bearing median tubercle. Clypeus alutaceous; anterior margin narrowly semicircular. Metatibial apical spinules short, equal in length.
Distribution. Palearctic (introduced?), North America into Mexico.
Composition. Planolinellus contains a single species.

Planolinellus vittatus
(Say 1825: 191) [Aphodius], S-Canada to Mexico and Old World.
                  = Aphodius mundus Reitter 1892: 199.
                  = Aphodius niger Cockerell 1888: 6 [not Aphodius niger Panzer
                  = Aphodius nigromarginatus Cockerell 1888: 6.
                  = Aphodius rufoplagiatus Reitter 1892: 198.
                  = Aphodius sellatus Mannerheim 1852: 299.
                  = Aphodius semiruber Motschulsky 1860: 131.
                  = Aphodius tjanshanicus Balthasar 1956: 70.
                  = Aphodius vitiosus Reitter 1892: 199.
                  = Aphodius vittatus cockerelli Leng 1918: 207 [replacement
                  name for Aphodius niger Cockerell].
Life History. Adults are surface dung generalists.
Larvae. The larva of P. vittatus is described in Ritcher (1966).

Dellacasa, M. and G. Dellacasa. 2005. Comments on some systematic and nomenclatural questions in Aphodiinae with descriptions of two new genera and on Italian taxa (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Memorie della Societa Entomologica Italiana 84: 45-101.
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 p.
Ritcher, P.O. 1966. White grubs and their allies: A study of North American scarabaeoid larvae. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, Oregon. Studies in Entomology 4: 219 pp.

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