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Copy Canthon - Canthon imitator Brown

Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Scarabaeinae, Tribe Canthonini


Canthon imitator Brown

n. of Rio Grande City, Starr Co., TX
October 21, 2006 (M Quinn)

Biology: Coprophagous. 

Similar Species

Nearly 150 species of Canthon are distributed from southern Canada to Argentina. 
Twenty-one species are fond in the Nearctic region. (Arnett et al. 2002)
Fifteen species occur in Texas. (Riley & Wolfe 2003)

Texas Canthon species:

Canthon (Canthon) chalcites (Haldeman)
Canthon (Canthon) cyanellus LeConte
Canthon (Boreocanthon) ebenus (Say)
Canthon (Canthon) humectus sayi Robinson
Canthon (Canthon) humectus (Say)
Canthon (Canthon) imitator Brown
Canthon (Boreocanthon) integricollis Schaeffer
Canthon (Boreocanthon) lecontei Harold
Canthon (Boreocanthon) melanus Robinson
Canthon (Boreocanthon) mixtus Robinson
Canthon (Canthon) pilularius (Linnaeus)
Canthon (Boreocanthon) praticola LeConte
Canthon (Boreocanthon) probus (Germar)
Canthon (Canthon) vigilans LeConte
Canthon (Glaphyrocanthon) viridis viridis (Palisot de Beauvois)

Website: Dung Beetles - TAMU


Canthon imitator - BugGuide.Net - Patrick Coin
Canthon imitator - BugGuide.Net - Patrick Coin


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Favila, M.E., & A. Díaz. 1996, Canthon cyanellus cyanellus LeConte (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) makes a nest in the field with several brood balls. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 50(1): 52-60.

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Howden, H.F. 1966. Notes on the Canthonini of the Biologia Centrali-Americana and descriptions of new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Canadian Entomologist 98: 725-741.

Matthews, E.G. 1963. Observations on the ball-rolling behavior of Canton pilularius (L.) (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Psyche, 70: 75-93.

Riley, E.G. & C.S. Wolfe. 2003. An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement, no. 26. 37 pp.

Ritcher, P.O. 1966. White Grubs and Their Allies, a Study of North American Scarabaeoid Larvae. Oregon State University Monograph Series No. 4: 1-219.

Robinson, M. 1948. A review of the species of Canthon inhabiting the United States (Scarabaeidae: Coleoptera) Transactions of the American Entomological Society 74: 83-100.

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