Hamonthophagus depressus (Harold, 1871)

Gillett, Conrad P. D. T. & Barr, Iain, 2018, New Country Records of Scarab Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in Swaziland and Zambia, The Coleopterists Bulletin 72 (3), pp. 433-438: 436

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http://doi.org/ 10.1649/0010-065X-72.3.433

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scientific name

Hamonthophagus depressus (Harold, 1871)
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Hamonthophagus depressus (Harold, 1871)  

This species was recently transferred from the genus Onthophagus Latreille   into the newly described genus Hamonthophagus ( Roggero et al. 2017)   . It was previously recorded widely in sub- Saharan Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe ( Ferreira 1972; Davis 2013b; Roggero et al. 2017). It has also been introduced into Madagascar, Mauritius, Australia, and the USA ( Davis 2013b; Roggero et al. 2017).

New country record for Swaziland: Eight specimens, Mbuluzi Game Reserve, 4–13 April 2015. This species was uniquely found in pitfall traps baited with vinegar on a sandy part of the banks of the River Mbuluzi. The species is recorded patchily in savanna habitats containing sandy ground in southern Africa and from a variety of different dung ( Davis 2013b). It is classified into the ‘least concern’ category in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( Davis 2013b).

Genus Proagoderus van Lansberge, 1883