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Paraplesiataenius Chalumeau 1992
Paraplesiataenius Chalumeau 1992: 194.

Paraplesiataenius tremolerasi (Schmidt)
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Type species. Ataenius tremolerasi Schmidt 1911: 72, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 3.8-5.5 mm, oval, robust, dark reddish-brown to black, elytra often paler than pronotum, surface glossy or distinctly alutaceous. Head lacking transverse wrinkles. Clypeus rounded each side of median emargination. Pronotal disc evenly convex. Lateral elytral surface usually with setae. Mesotibia with reduced lateral apical spine.
Distribution. South America.
Composition. Paraplesiataenius contains 3 species.

Paraplesiataenius catarinaensis
Stebnicka 2003: 448, Brazil.
Paraplesiataenius genieri Stebnicka 2003: 449, Brazil.
Paraplesiataenius tremolerasi (Schmidt 1911: 33) [Ataenius], Argentina, Uruguay.
Life History. Specimens of all species were collected associated with ants, Acromyrmex spp. (Stebnicka 2007).
Larvae. Unknown.

Stebnicka, Z. T. 2003. The genus Paraplesiataenius Chalumeau, with descriptions of two new species from Brazil (Coleoptera Scarabaeidae: Eupariini). Coleopterists Bulletin 57(4): 444-450.
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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