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Rugaphodius Gordon and Skelley 2007
Rugaphodius Gordon and Skelley 2007: 250.

Rugaphodius rugatus (Schmidt)
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Type species. Aphodius rugatus Schmidt 1907: 202, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 2.7-3.5 mm, elongate, somewhat flattened, black, elytra yellowish with black markings. Head surface heavily rugose. Clypeus with nearly spiniform tooth each side of median emargination; margin moderately to strongly angulate on lateral side of each tooth. Pronotum with basal marginal line. Metatibial apical spinules moderately long, equal in length.
Distribution. Southwestern US and Mexico.
Composition. Rugaphodius contains a single species.

Rugaphodius rugatus
(Schmidt 1907: 202) [Aphodius], CA-USA, Mexico.
                  = Aphodius rugifrons Horn 1871: 295 [not Aphodius rugifrons
                  AubĂ© 1850].
Life History. Adults rarely collected, some data indicates they are detritivores.
Larvae. Unknown.
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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Author: Paul Skelley

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