Sarophorus bidentatus

Sarophorus bidentatus (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae)

Sarophorus bidentatus can be separated from other Sarophorus species by the protruding anterior angles of the clypeus with relatively long setae on the dorsal surface, the absence of the concavities on the base of the propleura, the bunch of apical setae on the ventral side of the middle tibia, and the internal sac of the aedeagus being armed with asymmetrical sclerites. The females of S. bidentatus can be distinguished from S. tuberculatus females by the absence of propleural fossae in the former species.

New and little known species of the Afrotropical dung beetle genus Sarophorus

Frolov, A.V. 2004. New and little known species of the afrotropical dung beetle genus Sarophorus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) and a phylogenetic analysis of the genus. Journal of Afrotropical Zoology, 1: 95-100.. PDF (419.53 KB)

Abstract. A new species, Sarophorus angolensis sp. n., is described from Angola. New data on the rarely collected species S. bidentatus Frolov & Scholtz, S. carinatus Frolov & Scholtz, and S. nitidus Frolov & Scholtz are given. Phylogenetic relation­ships of Sarophorus species are studied through cladistic analysis.