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Parapsammodius Verdú, Stebnicka and Galante 2006
Parapsammodius Verdú, Stebnicka and Galante 2006: 57.

Parapsammodius bidens (Horn)
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Type species. Psammodius integer Bates 1887: 104, by original designation.

Diagnosis. Body length 2.5-4.2 mm, more elongate and parallel-sided than typical psammodiines, more robust than typical euparines, reddish-brown to nearly black, dorsal surface glabrous. Head coarsely granulate, frontal suture indistinct. Clypeus toothed each side of median emargination. Pronotum lacking grooves, finely punctate. Elytral base finely margined; intervals convex; finely striate. Metafemur moderately robust. Metatibia with longitudinal row of tubercles; metatibia not, widened at apex. Metatarsi shortened, basal metatarsomere widened at apex.
Distribution. Southern North America to South America, Puerto Rico.
Composition. Parapsammodius contains 4 species.

Parapsammodius bidens
(Horn 1871: 293) [Psammodius], coastal E-USA, Puerto Rico.
Parapsammodius integer (Bates 1887: 104) [Psammodius], Mexico (Veracruz), Colombia, Ecuador.
Parapsammodius pseudinteger Verdú, Stebnicka and Galante 2006: 58-60, Ecuador.
Parapsammodius puncticollis (LeConte 1858: 66) [Euparia], S-USA, Mexico.
              = Ataenius inops Horn 1887: 72.
Life History. Adults have been collected at light.
Larvae. Unknown.

Verdú, J. R., Z. T. Stebnicka and E. Galante. 2006. A new Neotropical genus of the Eupariini-Psammodiini complex with comparative morphology of mouthpart structures and analysis of characters among related taxa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 49B(1-2): 55-72.

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Author: Paul Skelley

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