Animal Species:Flat African Dung Beetle

Dung beetles are a diverse group of beetles. There are about 400 species in the family Scarabaeidae in Australia alone.

Flat African Dung Beetle

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Flat African Dung Beetle

Number of species

400

Size range

7 mm - 9 mm

Distribution

The Flat African Dung-beetle is found in south-eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Flat African Dung-beetle lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

Most dung-beetles share the habit of feeding on the dung of mammals.

Other behaviours and adaptations

In most cases, the dung is broken up and buried in nests in the soil for their larvae. The Flat African Dung Beetle was accidentally introduced to Australia, probably with farm stock. It is now common in urban areas where it feeds on dog and even human dung. It has been released in large numbers by some councils to help with the control of dog faeces in public places. Other species remove cow dung from pastures, which helps to control the numbers of bush flies in summer.

Classification

Species:
depressus
Genus:
Onthophagus
Subfamily:
Scarabaeinae
Family:
Scarabaeidae
Superfamily:
Scarabaeoidea
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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1 comment

Omi - 12.11 PM, 24 November 2010
This wasn't very helpful but it was dungalisious

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