IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)


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Range Description

In southern Africa, this species has been patchily collected. There are records from northeast South Africa, central north Botswana and central Namibia (Australian CSIRO 1970-1986, unpublished records; Tshikae 2011) where it is found in warm, arid to dry localities at low to moderate altitude. Thus, it shows localized occurrence despite the comparatively wide range. For instance, in a trapping program on the deep sands of game reserves from northeast to southwest Botswana, the specieswas recorded at only one (Savuti) out of six localities (Tshikae 2011). Although there are cases of the same species occurring from South Africa to India [e.g. Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius)], this is an uncommon pattern of distribution for dung beetles. It seems likely that the individualsdescribed from the Ganges river valley and Arabia will prove to be a different species to thoseof southern Africa.


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