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Haroldiataenius Chalumeau 1981
Haroldiataenius Chalumeau 1981: 137.

Haroldiataenius mariarum (Bates)
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Type species. Ataenius mariarum Bates 1887: 102, by original designation.

Haroldiataenius Chalumeau 1981: 137. Type species: Ataenius mariarum Bates, by original designation.
Synonym: Sayloria Chalumeau 1981: 138. Type species: Ataenius hintoni Saylor, by original designation.
Diagnosis. Body length 3.5-4.4 mm, oval, robust, psammodiiform, dark reddish brown. Head smooth or with distinct transverse wrinkles. Pronotum with or without lateral fringe of setae. Mesotibia rapidly dilating at apex, apical width equal 1/3 or more of tibial length. Basal mesotarsal segment shorter than the long tibial spur. Metafemur nearly as large as profemur.
Distribution. USA, Mexico to Panama.
Composition. Haroldiataenius contains 9 species.

Haroldiataenius buvexus
Stebnicka & Skelley 2009: 149, TX-USA.
Haroldiataenius convexus (Robinson 1940: 149), [Ataenius], TX-USA.
Haroldiataenius griffini
(Cartwright 1974: 77), [Ataenius], TX-USA.
Haroldiataenius hintoni
(Saylor 1933: 159) [Ataenius], Mexico.
Haroldiataenius limbatus (Bates 1887: 98) [Ataenius], Mexico, Honduras.
Haroldiataenius lucanus (Horn 1871: 288), [Ataenius], AZ-USA, Baja California.
             = Ataenius sabinoi Cartwright 1974: 38.
Haroldiataenius mariarum
(Bates 1887: 102) [Ataenius], Mexico, Panama.
             = Ataenius perpolitus Schmidt 1916: 105.

Haroldiataenius saramari (Cartwright 1939: 360),[Ataenius], FL-USA.
Haroldiataenius semipilosus (VanDyke 1928: 158),[Ataenius], SW-USA.
Life History. Published and unpublished data indicate species of Haroldiataenius are associated with leaf cutter ant detritus piles, Atta spp. (Stebnicka 2007). Some species may be detritivores in sandy soils (Stebnicka & Skelley 2009).
Larvae. Unknown.

Chalumeau, F. 1981. Nouveaux genre et sous‑genres d'Eupariini (Aphodiinae) d'Amerique tropicale. Nouvelle Revue D'Entomologie 11(2): 137‑142.
Galante, E., Z. Stebnicka., and J. Ramón Verdú. 2003. The Aphodiinae and Rhyparinae (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) in southern states of Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz). Acta Zoologia Cracoviensia 46(3): 283-312.
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.
Stebnicka, Z.T. and P.E. Skelley. 2009. A revision of the genus Haroldiataenius Chalumeau (Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Eupariini) Insecta Mundi 0062: 1-16

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