Sarophorus bidentatus (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae)

Sarophorus bidentatus habitus

Sarophorus bidentatus Frolov et Scholtz, 2003


Dagnosis. 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.

Distribution. Sarophorus bidentatus is known only from the type locality: South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Kamieskroon.

Body length: 7.5 mm.


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.

Frolov, A.V. & Scholtz, C. H. (2003) Revision of the Afrotropical dung beetle genus Sarophorus Erichson (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). African Entomology, 11, 183-198.