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Saprositellus Balthasar 1967
Saprositellus Balthasar 1967: 138.

Saprositellus ariquemes Stebnicka
Photo by Paul Skelley.
Superfamily .... Scarabaeoidea
Family ............ Scarabaeidae
Subfamily ....... Aphodiinae
Tribe .............. Odontolochini
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Type species. Saprositellus denticulatus Balthasar 1967: 138, by monotypy.

Diagnosis. Body length 2.6-3.2 mm, elongate, robust, dark reddish-brown to black. Head broad, somewhat gibbose, can be strongly deflexed. Clypeal margin with small teeth, appearing serrate, margin otherwise narrow, not distinctly double edged, with small median tooth projecting ventrally. Pronotum tumid, sides directed ventrally, with clypeus forming cavity for fore legs; lateral margin usually emarginate towards base with 0-2 teeth. Elytral striae strongly punctured; intevals somewhat carinate to somewhat flattened. Meso- and metatibia weakly widened to apex.
Distribution. Panama, South America.

Composition. Saprositellus presently contains 5 species.

Saprositellus ariquemes Stebnicka 2003: 453-455, Brazil, Bolivia.
Saprositellus denticulatus Balthasar 1967: 138, Brazil, Peru.
Saprositellus kenodontus Skelley 2007: 13, Guyana.
Saprositellus peruanus Stebnicka 2003: 455, Peru.
Saprositellus santaritae Stebnicka 2003: 455-456, Panama.

Life History. Unknown.
Larvae. Unknown.

Skelley, P. E. 2007. New South American taxa of Odontolochini Stebnicka and Howden (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae: Aphodiinae). Insecta Mundi 0022:1-15.
Stebnicka, Z. T. 2003. The genus Saprositellus Balthasar, with descriptions of three new Neotropical species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Odontolochini). Coleopterists Bulletin 57(4): 451-457.

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