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On the synonymy of two species names of the genus Aphodius described by Iablokoff-Khnzorian

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. 2008. On the synonymy of two species names of the genus Aphodius Ill. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) described by S. M. Iablokoff-Khnzorian. Entomological Review, 87(3): 624–626.

Based on examination of the type material, names of two Aphodius species are placed in synonyms: A. edgardi Solsky, 1876 = A. sartus Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1971, syn. n.; and A. putridus Geoffroy, 1785 = A. avetissiani Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1964, syn. n.

On the Synonymy of Two Names of Species of the Genus Aphodius Described from Siberia

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. 2008. On the synonymy of two names of species of the genus Aphodius Ill. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) described from Siberia. Entomological Review, 88(8): 916-917.

Based on examination of the type material, the following new synonymy is established: A. granarius (L., 1767) = A. tomskianus Balthasar, 1973, syn. n.A. granarius (L., 1767) = A. pecirkai Balthasar, 1932, syn. n. .

Sarophorus angolensis (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae)

Sarophorus angolensis belongs to the group costatus and can be separated from other species of the group by the pronotum with elongated punctures but without smooth areas, elytra with densely punctate and shagreened intervals, and by the shape o f the parameres. From the South African species (S. costatusS. striatus, and S. latus) it also differs in having sparsely setose apices o f the middle and posterior tibiae in both sexes.

Contribution to study of Lower Volga center of scarab beetle diversity in Russia

Figure 1. Fixed sands near Dosang, Astrakhan Province, Russia.Frolov, A. V. & Akhmetova, L. A. 2013. A contribution to the study of the Lower Volga center of scarab beetle diversity in Russia: checklist of the tribe Aphodiini (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) of Dosang environs. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1: e979.

The field sampling of the Aphodiini scarab beetles in Dosang environs (Astrakhan Province, European Russia) in 2006–2012 resulted in the collection of 44 species. All but one of them belong to Aphodius Hellwig ( sensu lato). This is apparently the richest recorded local Aphodiini fauna in Russia. The high Aphodiini diversity in the area can be explained by the long vegetative season with high effective heat sum, large livestock providing abundant food resources throughout the year, and location in the transition belt between Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain and Desert floristic districts. The core fauna consists of mesophilous species widely distributed in the Palearctic region and confined to the intrazonal habitats. Other species have ranges mostly limited to the steppe, semidesert, and desert zones.

Sarophorus costatus (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae)

Sarophorus costatus is most similar to S. striatus Frolov et Scholtz and S. latus Frolov et Scholtz but differs from the first in having more coarsely punctate elytral intervals and striae, the presence of a keel at the apex of the elytra and parameres with angulate lateral margins. It differs from the second species in its narrower body, the lateral margins of the pronotum being not bordered, and the presence of narrower, strongly sclerotized apices of the parameres.

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