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A tunneller dung beetle found in large mammal dung.

Body black, with the head (except the anterior part of the clypeus) and the pronotum fiery crimson, the pygidium deep blue or green, and the antennae bright orange-yellow. The body is thinly clothed with yellowish hair beneath.

The head is flat, rather coarsely rugose and strongly angulate on each side.

The pronotum is very convex and closely and evenly covered with not very minute oval granules.

The elytra are very finely striate, the intervals flat and very minutely granular.

The pygidium is very strongly and closely punctured.

The metasternum is produced into a bluntly prominent process in front ; it is almost smooth in the middle, and fairly strongly punctured at the sides.

In male, the clypeus is a little produced in front, narrowed and gently reflexed in the middle, and the posterior margin of the head is produced to a point in the middle and curved gently upward. There is a small triangular excavation at the middle of the front margin of the pronotum. The club of the antenna is very large and broad.


S. INDIA: Bangalore (T. H. L. Grosvnor, June; C. F. C. Beeson, Aug.). Anaimalai Hills (H. L. Andrewes); Yercaud, Salem District, Shevaroy Hills, 4600 ft. (H. S. Pruthi).

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British Museum of Natural History


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