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Aidophus Balthasar 1963
Aidophus Balthasar 1963: 278.

Aidophus flaveolus (Harold)
Photo by Paul Skelley.
Superfamily .... Scarabaeoidea
Family ............ Scarabaeidae
Subfamily ....... Aphodiinae
Tribe .............. Didactyliini
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Type species. Aphodius (Aidophus) paraguayanus Balthasar 1963: 279 (= Aphodius infuscatopennis Schmidt 1909), original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 3.0-5.0 mm, elongate, usually parallel-sided, somewhat flattened, pale brown occasionally with dark maculations dorsally. Head smooth, lacking frontal tubercles. Clypeus rounded each side of median emargination. Pronotum with thin basal line. Pygidium unmodified. Metatibia with apical spurs set close, not separated by articulation of metatarsus.
Distribution. New World.
Composition. Aidophus contains 12 species.

Aidophus cabrali
(Petrovitz 1973: 148) [Didactylia], Brazil.
Aidophus coheni Stebnicka and Skelley 2005: 40-41, Ecuador.
Aidophus flaveolus (Harold 1867: 280) [Aphodius], Argentina, Chile.
              = Didactylia flaveola (Harold) in Schmidt 1911: 38.
Aidophus flechtmanni Stebnicka and Dellacasa (in Dellacasa et al. 2001: 202), Brazil.
Aidophus impressus (Petrovitz 1970: 230) [Didactylia], Brazil.
Aidophus infuscatopennis (Schmidt 1909: 12) [Aphodius], Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay.
              = Aphodius (Aidophus) paraguayanus Balthasar 1963: 279, Paraguay.
Aidophus kolbei (Schmidt 1911: 36) [Didactylia], Bolivia.
Aidophus notatus (Harold 1859: 211) [Aphodius], Columbia, Mexico.
              = Didactylia notata (Harold) in Schmidt 1911: 38.
Aidophus panamensis (Harold 1859: 212) [Aphodius], Panama.
Aidophus parcus (Horn 1887: 42) [Aphodius], E-USA.
              = Didactylia parca (Horn) in Brown 1929: 91.
              = Aphodius knausi Fall 1905: 130.
              = Aphodius kansanus Wickham 1905: 169.
              = Aphodius wolcotti Blatchley 1910: 932.
Aidophus pellax (Balthasar 1960: 1) [Aphodius (Orodaliscoides)], Bolivia.
Aidophus skelleyi Harpootlian and Gordon (in Dellacasa et al. 2001: 214-215), USA-FL.
Life History. Possibly detritivores, adults are frequently collected at lights or flight intercept traps.
Larvae. Unknown.

Dellacasa, M., R.D.Gordon, P.J.Harpootlian, Z. Stebnicka, and G. Dellacasa. 2002. Systematic redefinition of the New World Didactyliini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae) with descriptions of two new species of Aidophus Balthasar. Insecta Mundi [2001] 15(4): 193-216.

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Authors: Andrew Smith ( Canadian Museum of Nature) and
Paul Skelley (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Generated on: 08/JAN/08.....Last modified: 08/JAN/08
University of Nebraska State Museum - Division of Entomology