Dwellers – Aphodiini

There are 46 aphodiines on the most recent Checklist of Beetles of the British Isles (Duff 2018). One species, Eupleurus subterraneus is now believed to be extinct in the British Isles.
The aphodiines used to be in one Genus Aphodius but recent changes in nomenclature (the naming system) mean that the Subgenera names have now been adopted as Genera. For example, Aphodius prodromus species has become Melinopterus prodromus under the revised nomenclature.

Most aphodiines spend their entire lives in the dung, although a few are associated with vegetable refuse or live partly in Geotrupidae burrows. Several species can be present in the same dung pile but preferences for dung type, dung age, soil type, and level of sun exposure exist. In this way the different species avoid competition with each other.
Some species are rather variable and have a number of different colour forms which can make identification more difficult.

A downloadable identification guide is available in the Resources section.

Euheptaulacus
villosus
Euheptaulacus
sus
Chilothorax
conspurcatus
Nimbus
contaminatus
Aphodius
fimetarius
Melinopterus
consputus
Sigorus
porcus
Liothorax
plagiatus
Acrossus
rufipes
Calamosternus
granarius
Oxyomous
sylvestris
Plagiogonus
arenarius
Bodiloides
ictericus
Heptaulacus
testudinarius
Chilothorax
paykulli
Nimbus
obliteratus
Aphodius
pedellus
Melinopterus
prodromus
Limarus
zenkeri
Liothorax
niger
Acrossus
depressus
Agrillinus
constans
Ammoecius
brevis
Eupleurus
subterraneus
Esymus
merdarius
Acrossus
luridus
Chilothorax
distinctus
Aphodius
foetidus
Rhodaphodius
foetens
Melinopterus
sphacelatus
Planolinus
borealis
Bodilopsis
rufa
Agoliinus
nemoralis
Esymus
pusillus
Otophorus
haemorrhoidalis
Labarrus
lividus
Volinus
sticticus
Bodilopsis
sordida
Colobopterus
erraticus
Agoliinus
lapponum
Melinopterus
punctatosulcatus
Planolinus
fasciatus
Agrilinus
ater
Teuchestes
fossor
Euorodalus
coenosus
Phalacronothus
quadrimaculatus