Scarab beetles from pocket gopher burrows in the southeastern United States (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

  • Paul E. Skelley
  • Robert D. Gordon
Keywords: Aphodius, Euphoria, Geomys, Pocket Gopher, Scarabaeidae


This paper reports on the scarab beetles collected during a survey of nonparasitic arthopods living in burrows of the southeastern pocket gopher (Geomys pinetus Rafinesque, Geomyidae). Three new species are described: Aphodius bakeri, A. baileyi and A. gambrinus. A key to species of Aphodius occurring in these burrows is presented. Distributional data is provided for species of Aphodius and one species of Euphoria occurring in this microhabitat. Aspects of life histories of burrow inhabiting insects are speculated upon.