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Bruchaphodius Martínez, 1952
Bruchaphodius Martínez, 1952: 99.


Bruchaphodius ovalipennis (Harold)
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Type species. Euparia bruchi Schmidt 1922: 101, by original designation.


Diagnosis. Body length 4-5 mm, elongate-oval, robust, dark reddish brown, surface dull and setose. Head surface smooth or granulate. Clypeus with tooth each side of median emargination. Pronotum rounded at base. Elytral intervals weakly convex to weakly carinate.

Distribution. Argentina.

Composition. Bruchaphodius contains 3 species.

Bruchaphodius bruchi
(Schmidt 1922: 101) [Euparia], Argentina.
Bruchaphodius ovalipennis (Harold 1871: 116) [Euparia], Argentina.
Bruchaphodius shannoni (Bruch 1938: 160) [Euparia], Argentina.

Life History. Bruchaphodius shannoni and B. bruchi have been collected in burrows of tuco-tucos ( Rodentia: Ctenomyidae: Ctenomys spp.) Ctenomyidae), while B. ovalipennis has been found with the ant Acromyrmex sp. (Martinez 1952). Generally uncommon in collections, these records need substantiation.
Larvae. Unknown.

Martinez, A. 1952. Scarabaeidae nuevos o poco conocidos, III. Publicaciones Mision de Estudios de Patalogia Regional Argentina, Buenos Aires 23(81-82): 53-118.
Smith, A. B. T., and P. E. Skelley. 2007. A review of the Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of southern South America. Zootaxa 1458: 1-80. [http://unsm-ento.unl.edu/platycoeliams.htm]

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