Key to the Dung Beetles of New South Wales

Dung Beetles of New South Wales

This key enables the identification of adults of the dung beetles (family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Scarabaeinae) found in New South Wales between the coast and the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The species included are those known to occur in this region, with additional species from the collection of the Australian Museum.

This key does not separate the Scarabaeinae into the three tribes recognised in Australia (Coprini, Onthophagini and Scarabeini). The first step is to genus and then to species via linked sub-keys.

Both male and female dung beetles are included in the key in all cases except for the genus Onthophagus (males only).


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