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Copris lunaris (Coprini)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Scarabaeinae
Latreille, 1802

About one dozen; see text



The scarab beetle subfamily Scarabaeinae consists of species collectively called true dung beetles. Most of the beetles of this subfamily feed exclusively on dung. Well-known members include the genera Scarabaeus and Sisyphus, and Phanaeus vindex.

Scarabaeinae tribes, with some selected genera and species, are:

Coprini, Oniticellini, Onitini, Onthophagini and Phanaeini are sometimes separated as subfamily Coprinae.

External links

  • Scarabaeinae Research Network
  • photos of species from each tribe
  • African Dung Beetles Online
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