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1 September 2014 Rhyssemus puncticollis Brown, 1929 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Psammodiini): A New Record for the Fauna of Poland and Latvia
Adam Byk, Łukasz Minkina
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Abstract

The distribution of Rhyssemus puncticollis Brown, 1929 in Poland and Latvia, new country records, is presented. Besides 26 localities in northern and central Poland, one Latvian locality is known. The beetle frequently and abundantly inhabits lawns in and around large urban agglomerations, as well as sandy river banks and adjacent pastures. Larvae of this thermophilous, psammophilous, saprophagous species feed upon the organic matter of the upper soil layer of plant origin. We describe the particularly useful diagnostic differences in external morphology between R. puncticollis and Rhyssemus germanus (L., 1767).

Adam Byk and Łukasz Minkina "Rhyssemus puncticollis Brown, 1929 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae: Psammodiini): A New Record for the Fauna of Poland and Latvia," The Coleopterists Bulletin 68(3), 377-383, (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.1649/072.068.0305
Received: 19 March 2014; Accepted: 7 July 2014; Published: 1 September 2014
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distribution
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Palaearctic
Rhyssemus germanus
scarab beetle
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