TAXONOMY OF PHANAEUS REVISITED:
Revised keys to and comments on species of the New World dung beetle
genus Phanaeus MacLeay, 1819
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Phanaeini)
by W.D. Edmonds & J. Zidek
2012, 108 pages, 410 color photos & distribution maps. The genus Phanaeus is a very well known group of dung beetles and taxonomic home to the rainbow scarab, Phanaeus vindex. This work is an update of Edmonds’ 1994 revision of the genus. It includes revised keys and accompanying comments and illustrations for all 54 recognized valid species as well as distribution maps and characterizations of subgenera and species groups.
Most members of the genus are denizens of Mexico and Central America, but unique and interesting groups also inhabit South America and the United States. Phanaeus is but one of the genera that comprise the tribe Phanaeini, a group unique to the New World that also includes, among others, Coprophanaeus, Oxysternon and Sulcophanaeus.
Paperback; 8-1/2 x 11″.
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