Center for Systematic Entomology, Gainesville, Florida



Bert Kohlmann

Alfonsina Arriaga-Jiménez

Eder F. Mora-Aguilar

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Kohlmann B, Arriaga-Jiménez A, Mora-Aguilar EF. 2023. An annotated checklist of the dung beetles (Coleoptera: Geotrupidae and Scarabaeidae, subfamilies Aphodiinae and Scarabaeinae) of Oaxaca, Mexico. Insecta Mundi 0981: 1–34.


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Published on March 25, 2023 by Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc. P.O. Box 141874 Gainesville, FL 32614-1874 USA


Abstract. A checklist of the dung beetles (Coleoptera: Geotrupidae; Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae and Scara­baeinae) of Oaxaca, Mexico, is presented for the first time. The checklist contains 252 taxa, 15 Geotrupidae, 77 Aphodiinae, and 160 Scarabaeinae. The state includes 58 genera and 15 tribes, where Onthophagus is the most species-rich genus with 49 taxa, followed by Ataenius with 22, Canthon with 17 and Phanaeus with 15 taxa. Valid names, as well as synonyms, are provided. First records, notes on presently recognized spe­cies, nomenclatural problems, and biodiversity comparisons are included. Phanaeus dionysius Kohlmann, Arriaga-Jiménez and Rös, 2018 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) is re-established as a valid species.

Resumen. Se presenta por primera vez una lista verificada de los escabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Geotru­pidae; Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae y Scarabaeinae) del estado de Oaxaca, Mexico. El listado contiene 252 taxa, 15 de Geotrupidae, 77 de Aphodiinae y 160 de Scarabaeinae. El estado registra 58 géneros y 15 tribus, donde Onthophagus es el género más diverso con 49 taxa, seguido por Ataenius con 22, Canthon con 17 y Phanaeus con 15 taxa cada uno. Se presentan nombres válidos, así como sinónimos. Se incluyen nuevos registros, notas sobre especies reconocidas, problemas nomenclatoriales y comparaciones de la biodiversidad. Una extensa lista de referencias es proporcionada. Phanaeus dionysius Kohlmann, Arriaga-Jiménez y Rös es reestablecido como especie válida.