Sarophorus nitidus (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae)

Sarophorus nitidus Frolov et Scholtz, 2003

Sarophorus nitidus habitus

Dagnosis. Sarophorus nitidus is most similar to S. costatus but differs from it in its strongly shiny dorsal surface, the absence of a distinct keel on the apices of the elytra, sparsely setose apices of middle and posterior tibiae in both sexes, and the shape of the apices of the parameres.

Distribution. Sarophorus nitidus is known from a few localities in Kenya and Tanzania.

Body length: 7.0-7.6 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.