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Termitaxis Krikken 1970
Termitaxis Krikken 1970: 470.

Termitaxis holmgreni Krikken
Illustration from Krikken 1970


Superfamily .... Scarabaeoidea
Family ............ Scarabaeidae
Subfamily ....... Aphodiinae
Tribe .............. Stereomerini
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Type species. Termitaxis holmgreni Krikken 1970: 472, by monotypy.

Diagnosis. Body length 2 mm, oval, flattened, brown, opaque due to close micropunctation. Head broad, able to deflect at nearly 90o to pronotum; eyes absent. Pronotum with central grouping of tuberlces and intervening grooves. Elytra short, fused; each with intervals 1-3 distinct and ridged. Prosternum projecting and hastate behind procoxa. Legs flattened. Meso- and metatibia lacking apical spurs.
Distribution. Peru.
Composition. Termitaxis contains a single species.

Termitaxis holmgreni Krikken 1970: 472, Peru.
Life History. The only known specimen of Termitaxis was collected with termites, Rhinotermes taurus Desn. (Krikken 1970).
Larvae. Unknown.

Krikken, J. 1970. Termitaxis holmgreni gen. nov., sp. nov., a blind, flightless termitophilous scarab from Peru (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Ser. C. 73: 469-476.

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