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Myrmecaphodius Martínez 1952
Myrmecaphodius Martínez 1952: 85.

Myrmecaphodius proseni Martinez
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Type species. Myrmecaphodius proseni Martinez 1952: 87, by monotypy.

Diagnosis. Body length 5.5-6.0 mm, elongate, parallel-sided, dark red to black. Head broad with longitudinal rugulae. Pronotum robust, explanate laterally; lateral margin weakly sinuate with dense fringe of short scale-like setae. Pronotal base with wide marginal groove. Elytral base with fifth interval prominent, fifth stria deeply grooved; humeral lobe absent. Meso- and metatibia slender.
Distribution. Argentina.
Composition. Myrmecaphodius contains a single species.

Myrmecaphodius proseni
Martinez 1952: 87, Argentina (Buenos Aires).
                  = Euparia fornicata Petrovitz 1973: 187.
Life History. Stebnicka (1999) reports M. proseni collected from the nest of Solenopsis saevissima (Smith) (Stebnicka 2007).
Larvae. Unknown.

Stebnicka, Z. T. 1999. Neotropical Eupariini: New and little known genera and species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 106: 285‑300.
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.

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