of eastern NSW

Euoniticellus intermedius (Northern Sandy Dung Beetle)

Eastern Africa, from Ethiopa to South Africa.

Introduced to Australia between 1971 and 1975 in all mainland states. Now established in all of these states except Victoria. In open areas & pastures, mainly in cattle dung.

Total length 7-9mm.  Light to dark brown

Head: Clypeal margin with 2 teeth. Surface glabrous. With a  curved, blunt horn.

Pronotum: With symmetrical dark markings. Surface densely covered with coarse punctures, shiny, glabrous.

Elytra: Striae impressed and moderately punctate. Intervals slightly convex. Dorsal surface with short bristles, and a line of longer setae along posterior margin.

Legs: Ventral surface of hind femora uniformly pale.

Abdomen: Pygidium slightly convex, strongly bordered, with numerous punctures bearing very short setae.

Sexual dimorphism
Female: No horn on head.

Cassis, G. & Weir, T.A. (1992) Scarabaeinae. pp 106-173. In: Houston, W.W.K. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea. Canberra: AGPS Vol. 9.

Tyndale-Biscoe, M. (1990) Common Dung Beetles in Pastures of South-eastern Australia. CSIRO Division of Entomology.