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Pseudataenius Brown 1927
Pseudataenius Brown 1927: 290.
syn. Ataenioides Petrovitz 1973: 149.

Pseudataenius socialis (Horn)
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Type species. Of Pseudataenius, Ataenius socialis Horn 1871, by original designation.Of Ataenioides, Ataenioides gracilitarsis Petrovitz 1973: 150, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 4.2-5.1 mm, elongate-oval, somewhat flattened, reddish-brown, glossy. Head short, broad (broader in male), moderately convex. Pronotum nearly circular in shape, with lateral fringe of setae. Male with elongate curved protibial spur and 1-2 lateral teeth; female with protibial spur straight and 3 lateral teeth. Mesotarsi longer than tibia. Mesosternum not carinate. Abdominal fluting weak to absent.
Distribution. Eastern North America.
Composition. Pseudataenius contains 3 species.

Pseudataenius contortus
Cartwright 1974: 16, E-USA.
Pseudataenius gracilitarsis (Petrovitz 1973: 150), [Ataenioides}, Brazil, Bolivia.
Pseudataenius socialis (Horn 1871: 287) [Ataenius], central-USA.
Life History. Adults are collected at lights.
Larvae. Unknown.

Cartwright, O. L. 1974. Ataenius, Aphotaenius, and Pseudataenius of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 154: 1-106.
Petrovitz, R. 1973. Neue Aphodiinae, Hybosorinae, und Acathocerinae aus der Neotropischen Region (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Studia Entomologica 16: 141-202.
Stebnicka, Z.T. and P.E. Skelley. 2009.Taxonomic redefinition of the genera Parataenius Balthasar and Pseudataenius Brown, with descriptions of three new species (Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Eupariini) Insecta Mundi 0066: 1-18.  [Revision]

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