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Aphotaenius Cartwright 1952
Aphotaenius Cartwright 1952: 181.

Aphotaenius carolinus (VanDyke)
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Type species. Ataenius carolinus VanDyke 1928: 157, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 2.5-4.0 mm, convex-oval, robust, glossy black. Clypeal margin often with teeth. Meso- and metatibiae with 3 apical teeth (in addition to spurs) instead of ring of spinules.
Distribution. Eastern North America into Mexico, South America.
Composition. Aphotaenius contains 5 species.

Aphotaenius cambeforti
Chalumeau 1983: 2, Bolivia.
Aphotaenius carolinus (VanDyke 1928: 157) [Ataenius], E-USA.
Aphotaenius convexus (Harold 1880: 39) [Saprosites], Colombia.
                  = Aphotaenius colombiensis Cartwright 1952: 183.
Aphotaenius howdeni Cartwright 1963: 51, Mexico.
Aphotaenius plaumanni Cartwright 1963: 49, Brazil.
Life History. Aphotaenius carolinus has been reared from deer dung collected in shaded woodlands (Woodruff 1973). It is occasionally collected in leaf litter.
Larvae. The larva of A. carolinus is described in Ritcher (1966).

Cartwright, O. L. 1963. Two new beetles of the genus Aphotaenius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 17: 49-51.         
Chalumeau, F. 1983. Un nouvel Aphotaenius (Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: ? Aphodiini ou Eupariini) de Bolivie et notes concernant les especes le composant. Bulletin de la Societe Entomologique de Mulhouse 1983: 1‑4.
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.
Woodruff, R. E. 1973. The Scarab Beetles of Florida, Part. I. The Laparosticti (subfamilies: Scarabaeinae, Aphodiinae, Hybosorinae, Ochodaeinae, Geotrupinae, Acanthocerinae). Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas 8: 1-220.

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