New native dung beetles


We all know about the big dung beetles introduced into Australia to deal with cow pats and sheep dung.


But there is also a rich and varied fauna of poorly understood native dung beetles in Australia.


A new paper by Nicole Gunter from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Thomas Weir from CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection in the journal Zootaxa describes fourteen new species related to Lepanus pygmaeus. This is a small part of a revision of the genus Lepanus. Many more species will be dealt with in future revisions.




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