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Review of scarab beetle tribe aphodiini of the fauna of Russia

Рис. 1. Карта распределения относительного видового разнообразия Aphodiini фауны России.Akhmetova, L.A., Frolov, A.V. 2014. A review of the scarab beetle tribe Aphodiini (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) of the fauna of Russia. Entomological Review, 94, 846-879. 

An annotated list of 183 species of the dung-beetle tribe Aphodiini of the Russian fauna is given. The highest species diversity is characteristic of the southern mountainous regions of the country, the richest local faunas being known from the Lower Volga area. The greatest numbers of species are known from the steppe and broadleaved forest zones and from the nemoral types of altitudinal zonation of vegetation. The bulk of the fauna is formed by the species with wide ranges; 111 species occur in two or more landscape zones or altitudinal zonation types. Six groups of faunistically similar zoogeographic provinces are distinguished within the territory of Russia.

Contributions to the knowlege of genus Aphodius from North Palaearctic. II.

Aphodius circassicus Frolov, A.V. 1997. Contributions to the knowlege of genus Aphodius from North Palaearctic. II. A. circassicus and A. lederi (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 5(2): 277–280.

Aphodius circassicus Reitter and A. lederi Harold, closely related species from the Caucasus, were known by single specimens so far. Redescriptions of these rare species are given. The taxonomic position the species is discussed.

Two new synonyms for Aphodius koltzei

Frolov, A.V. 2008. Two new synonyms for Aphodius koltzei (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 17(1): 100.  PDF (130.67 KB)

Abstract — Examination of the type specimens of Aphodius kurenzovi Nikritin, 1969 and A. medvedevi Nikritin, 1969, described from Primorskiy Terr., showed that they cannot be distinguished from A. koltzei Reitter, 1892. Two new synonym are therefore established.

A review of the Aphodius subgenus Chilothorax of China

Figs. 1–9. 1, 2, 3 – A. kukunorensis; 5, 6, 7 – A. sinicus; 4, 8, 9 – A. dzongensis;

Frolov, A.V. 2002. A review of the Aphodius Illiger, 1798 subgenus Chilothorax Motschulsky, 1859 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of China. Russian Entomological Journal, 10(4): 395–399. PDF (11.6 MB)

Abstract — Representatives of Aphodius Illiger, 1798, subgenus Chilothorax Motschulsky, 1859, of China are reviewed and a key to species is presented. One new species, A. potanini Frolov, sp.n., is described and A. kukunorensis Semenov, 1898 is re-described.

New to Russia and little known species of the genus Aphodius

Figs 5–6. Aphodius, general view (male). 5, A. clathratus; 6, A. melanostictus.

Akhmetova, L.A., Frolov, A.V. 2009. New to Russia and little known species of the genus Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 278–284.  PDF (476.29 KB)

Abstract. Aphodius (AgoliinusguttatusA. (Chilothoraxclathratus, and A. (Aphodaulacuskizeritskyi are recorded from Russia for the first time. Aphodius (Agoliinusamurensis previously known only from the type locality is found in the Lazo Nature Reserve (Russian Far East). All species are diagnosed and illustrated. Comments on diagnostic characters, distribution and bionomics are given.

A review of the subgenus Chilothorax from Russia and neighboring countries

Frolov, A.V. 2002. A Review of Aphodiines of the Subgenus Chilothorax Motschulsky, Genus Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae), from Russia and Neighboring Countries. Entomological Review, 82(1): 1–18. PDF (662.9 KB)

Abstract — Representatives of the genus Aphodius Ill., subgenus Chilothorax Motsch., of Russia and adjacent countries are reviewed. A key to the species and notes on their synonymy and distribution are given. Two little known species (A. variicolor D. Kosh. and A. balachanicola Balth.) are redescribed and a new species, A. xanthellus sp. n., is described. Three new synonymies (A. clausula W. Kosh., 1910 = A. gussakovskii Sem. et Medv., 1929, syn. n.; A. grafi Reitter, 1902 = A. kryzhanovskii Nikritin, 1969, syn. n.; = A. schutovae Nikritin, 1969, syn. n.) are established.

Description of the 3-instar larva of Aphodius bimaculatus

Aphodius bimaculatus, 3-instar larva, head

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. 2006. Description of the Third-instar Larva of Aphodius bimaculatus (Laxmann) (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Entomological Review, 86, 433-437. PDF (87.71 KB)

Abstract. Third-instar larva of Aphodius bimaculatus (Laxmann) is described from the material collected in Belarus and compared with other known larvae of the subgenus Aphodius. The larva differs from other species in having convex clypeus with complex sculpture and in colour of the head.

Larval morphology of Aphodius sus and A. variicolor

Aphodius sus

Frolov, A.V. 2009. Larval morphology of Aphodius sus (Herbst) and A. variicolor Koshantschikov (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Zootaxa, 2169, 45–54.

Morphological descriptions and illustrations are presented for third-instar larvae of two species of the scarab beetle genus Aphodius Illiger: Aphodius (Heptaulacus) sus (Herbst) and A. (Chilothorax) variicolor Koshantschikov. These descriptions are based on material collected in European Russia. Larvae were collected from the soil with no association to dung although the adults of the same species normally occur in horse dung. Characters of the larvae are compared with those of described larvae of other species.