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1 September 2003 Biological and Taxonomic Notes on a Rare Phanaeine Dung Beetle, Phanaeus Alvarengai Arnaud (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Kevina Vulinec, W. D. Edmonds, David J. Mellow
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Abstract

The rare phanaeine dung beetle Phanaeus alvarengai Arnaud 1984 was described from two specimens. Several recent collections of this species are reported here, along with behavioral observations; this new material is a basis for amending earlier descriptions of P. alvarengai. Flight-activity period was recorded as near sunrise for no more than 10 minutes and diet preference appeared to be herbivore dung. Dung-burial behavior was similar to the congeners P. chalcomelas (Perty) and P. cambeforti Arnaud.

Kevina Vulinec, W. D. Edmonds, and David J. Mellow "Biological and Taxonomic Notes on a Rare Phanaeine Dung Beetle, Phanaeus Alvarengai Arnaud (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)," The Coleopterists Bulletin 57(3), 353-357, (1 September 2003). https://doi.org/10.1649/639
Received: 15 November 2002; Accepted: 1 April 2003; Published: 1 September 2003
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