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Auperia Chevrolat 1864
Auperia Chevrolat 1864: 413

Auperia angusticollis (Schmidt)
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Type species. Auperia denominata Chevrolat 1864: 413, by indication (Stebnicka 2002b).
                  = Phalangochaeta Martínez 1952: 92. Type species. Ataenius
                  angusticollis Schmidt 1909: 20, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 3.0-8.0 mm, elongate, oval or parallel-sided, robust to somewhat flattened, reddish-brown to black. Head broad. Pronotum shortened, often explanate laterally; always lacking fringe of setae. Elytra usually smooth, usually glossy; not inflexed laterally at intervals 8-9. Meso- and metatarsus usually shorter than tibia; basal segment usually distinctly longer than long tibial spur (more than 1/4 longer than spur), frequently with dense setae on ventral surface. Mesosternum occasionally with large fossae.
Distribution. Southern North America to South America, West Indies (Cuba, Trinidad).
Composition. Auperia contains 19 species.

Auperia amazonica
(Petrovitz 1961: 148) [Phalangochaeta], Brazil, Peru.
Auperia angusticollis (Schmidt 1909: 20) [Ataenius], Bolivia.
Auperia capitosa (Harold 1867: 83) [Ataenius], Mex.to S. America.
Auperia denominata Chevrolat 1864: 413, USA-FL, Cuba, Mexico and Central America to South America.
                  = Auperia stercorator of Chevrolat 1864: 413 [not Ataenius stercorator of
                  Fabricius 1775].
                  = Ataenius arator Harold 1869: 102.
                  = Ataenius stercorator of Harold 1870: 22 [not Fabricius 1775, not Chevrolat
                  = Ataenius euglyptus Bates 1887: 97.
                  = Ataenius denominatus in Schmidt 1922: 422 (as synonym of Ataenius
                  stercorator Fabricius).
                  = Ataenius brevinotus Chapin 1940: 39.
                  = Ataenius benjaminbanderai Islas 1956: 497-499.
                  = Ataenius sciurus Cartwright 1974: 65.
                  = Phalangochaeta grandis Petrovitz 1973: 179-181.
Auperia domingo Stebnica 2002: 758-759, Ecuador, Costa Rica.
Auperia guayara Stebnicka 2002: 756-758, Bolivia.
Auperia huebneri (Petrovitz 1970: 232) [Euparia], Brazil, Colombia, Trinidad, Peru.
Auperia iquitosae Stebnicka 2002: 768-770, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama.
Auperia landai (Balthasar 1963: 286) (Odontolochus (Odontolytes)), Mexico, Central to South America.
                  = Euparia squamosa Petrovitz 1976: 280.
Auperia loretoensis Stebnicka 2002: 766-767, Peru.
Auperia minuta (Petrovitz 1973: 188) [Euparia], Brazil, Venezuela.
Auperia panamensis Stebnicka 2002: 754, Panama.
Auperia puyoensis Stebnicka 2002: 760-762, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela.
Auperia rondoniae Stebnicka 2002: 755-756, Brazil.
Auperia tectipennis Stebnicka and Skelley 2005: 37-38, Ecuador.
Auperia teutoniae Stebnicka 2002: 762-765, Brazil.
Auperia transversaria (Schmidt 1909: 43) [Ataenius], Brazil (Rondonia), Bolivia, Colombia.
                  = Euparia bolivari Petrovitz 1973: 183, Bolivia.
Auperia viejoae Stebnicka and Skelley 2005: 38-40, Costa Rica.
Auperia waoraniae Stebnicka and Skelley 2005: 35-37, Ecuador.
Life History. Members of Auperia appear to be detritivores. Some members appear to be arboreal litter specialists, like A. denominata, having been collected in numbers from tree squirrel leaf nests (Smith 2005), and A. waoraniae and A. tectipennis being collected while canopy fogging (Stebnicka and Skelley 2005). Others have been collected from rich ground-level leaf litter (ex label data). Many specimens were collected at light.
Larvae. Unknown.

Smith, T. R. 2005. Observations on the habitat preferences of Auperia denominata Chevrolat (Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Eupariini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 59(2): 256-257.
Stebnicka, Z. T. 2002. The New World Eupariini: Revision of the genus Auperia Chevrolat, 1864 (= Phalangochaeta Martinez, 1952) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 109: 741-775.
Stebnicka, Z. T., and P. E. Skelley. 2005. Review of some New World aphodiine genera and descriptions of new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 48B(1-2): 23-42.

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