Five New Species of Aphodius (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Florida Pocket Gopher Burrows

Paul E. Skelley, Robert E. Woodruff

Abstract


Five new species of Aphodius (dyspistus, tanytarsus, hubbelli, platypleurus, and pholetus), collected in the burrows of pocket gophers (Geomys pinetus Rafinesque), are described. Similarities between Florida and Great Plains pocket gopher burrow faunas are discussed, and reasons for the diversity of Aphodius in this habitat are postulated.

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