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Podotenus Schmidt 1913
Aphodius (Podotenus) Schmidt, 1913: 137
Podotenus Schmidt: Stebnicka and Howden, 1994: 18.

Podotenus fulviventris (Fairmaire and Germain). Photos by Paul Skelley.
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Type species. Aphodius insignior Blackburn 1904: 156, by subsequent designation.
  = Trogaphodius Balthasar 1965: 311. Type species: Trogaphodius tuberculatus Balthasar 1965: 311, by monotypy
Diagnosis. Body length 3.0-7.5 mm, elongate, parallel-sided, flattened, variably pale and black. Head nearly flat, smooth. Pronotum variably rounded or with basal angles. Elytral intervals 3-5-7 convex with raised tubercles, other intervals flat; apical umbone present. Metatibial apical spinules long, unequal.
Distribution. Australia, Chile (?).
Composition. Worldwide, Podotenus contains 30 species, one of which may occur in the New World.
Podotenus gracilipes (Harold 1867: 279) [Aphodius], Chile (?), Western Australia.
Life History. Unknown.
Larvae. Unknown.
Status of Classification. Podotenus is primarily an Australian genus, similar to the South American Paranimbus and Pseudopodotenus. The only New World specimen of P. gracilipes known is the type. Since Podotenus is otherwise restricted to Australia, and P. gracilipes is also recorded from Western Australia, the validity of the Chilean record is in question (Stebnicka and Howden 1995). Podotenus (sensu
) is tentatively listed as occurring in the South American fauna.

Dellacasa, G. 1992. On some little known species of Aphodius from Australia and South America with description of a new subgenus. Frustula Entomologica [1990] 26: 145-158.
Stebnicka, Z. T., and H. F. Howden. 1994. A revision of the Australian genus Podotenus A. Schmidt (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Aphodiini). Invertebrate Taxonomy 8: 17-62.

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