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Euparixia Brown 1927
Euparixia Brown 1927: 288.

Euparixia mexicana Gordon
and McCleve

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Type species. Euparixia duncani Brown 1927: 288, by monotypy.

Diagnosis. Body length 4.4-5.8 mm, elongate, appears constricted at middle, dark reddish-brown. Head smooth. Clypeus rounded or angulate each side of median emargination, never finely serrate. Pronotum broad, sides explanate, lateral edge finely serrate only near base, lateral margin usually deeply emarginate at base and lacking distinct fringe of setae; posterior angles apparently missing in most. Elytra inflexed laterally; striae strongly punctured; intervals often carinuilate. Mesocoxae widely separated, parallel, flattened, touching elytra near base. Meso- and metatibia with 2 terminal spurs. Meso- and metatarsi slender, elongate.
Distribution. Southern US to Panama, Cuba, Bolivia.
Composition. Euparixia contains 10 species.

Euparixia boliviana
Gordon and McCleve 2003: 693-696, Bolivia.
Euparixia bruneri Chapin 1940: 40, Cuba
Euparixia campbelli Gordon and McCleve 2003: 696-697, Guatemala.
Euparixia costaricensis Hinton 1936: 274, Costa Rica.
Euparixia duncani Brown 1927: 288, S.AZ-USA, Mexico.
Euparixia formica Hinton 1934: 27, Mexico.
Euparixia isthmia Gordon and McCleve 2003: 689-690, Panama.
Euparixia mexicana Gordon and McCleve 2003: 690-693, Mexico.
Euparixia moseri Woodruff and Cartwright 1967: 7, E.TX, LA-USA.
Euparixia panamaensis Gordon and McCleve 2003: 686-689, Panama.
Life History. Where known, members of Euparixia are assoicated with leaf cutter ant nests (Atta spp.) (Stebnicka 2007), living in the fungal gardens (Woodruff and Cartwright 1967, Hinton 1936). They are occasionally collected at light or in flight intercept traps.
Larvae. Unknown.

Gordon, R. D., and S. McCleve. 2003. Five new species of Euparixia Brown (Coleoptera: Aphodiinae: Eupariinae), with a revised key to species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 105(3): 685-697.
Hinton, H. E. 1936. Studies in the Mexican and Central American Eupariini. University of California Publications in Entomology, Berkeley 6: 273-276.
Stebnicka, Z. T. 2007. New species of Iarupea Martínez and morphological specializations among related taxa associated with ants and termites (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Eupariini). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 114(3): 573-590.        
Woodruff, R. E. and Cartwright, O.L. 1967. A review of the genus Euparixia with descriptions of a new species from leaf-cutting ants in Louisiana (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 123(3616): 1-21.

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