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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamilia: Scarabaeoidea

Familia: Scarabaeidae
Subfamilia: Scarabaeinae
Tribus: Coprini
Genera (19): Canthidium - Catharsius - Chalcocopris - Copridaspidus - Copris - Coptodactyla - Dichotomius - Heliocopris - Holocephalus - Isocopris - Litocopris - Macroderes - Metacatharsius - Ontherus - Pseudocopris - Pseudopedaria - Synapsis - Thyregis - XinidiumCatharsius - Chalcocopris - Copridaspidus - Copris - Coptodactyla - Dichotomius - Heliocopris - Holocephalus - Isocopris - Litocopris - Macroderes - Metacatharsius - Ontherus - Pseudocopris - Pseudopedaria -

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Coprini Kolbe, 1805


Bezděk, A. & Hájek, J. 2012. Catalogue of type specimens of beetles (Coleoptera) deposited in the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Coprini, Eurysternini, Gymnopleurini and Oniticellini. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52(1): 297–334. PDF Reference page.
Matthews, E.G. 1976: A revision of the scarabaeine dung beetles of Australia III. Tribe Coprini. Australian journal of zoology, supplementary series, (38) DOI: 10.1071/AJZS038 Reference page.


Subfamily Coprinae (Scarabaeidae) - atlas of scarab beetles of Russia

Coprini is a tribe of scarab beetles, in the dung beetle subfamily (Scarabaeinae). Scholtz et al.[1] describe them as tunnellers that are shiny black, of moderate to large size (9–30 mm long) and with a strongly convex shape. They also, however state that the grouping based on these characteristics has little phylogenetic validity, and the placement of several genera in this and related tribes is likely to change.[1]


This tribe comprises more than 900 species in 21 genera:[1][2][3]

These genera belong to the tribe Coprini:[4]

Canthidium Erichson, 1847
Catharsius Hope, 1837 (Africa and Asia)
Chalcocopris Burmeister, 1846 (Brazil)
Copridaspidus Boucomont, 1920 (Africa)
Copris Geoffroy, 1762 (cosmopolitan, introduced into Australia and Hawaii)
Coptodactyla Burmeister, 1846 (Australia, Melanesia)
Dichotomius Hope, 1838 (southern USA to South America)
Heliocopris Hope, 1837 (tropical Africa, southeast Asia)
Holocanthon Martínez & Pereira, 1956
Holocephalus Hope, 1838 (southern Brazil, Paraguay)
Isocopris Pereira et Martínez (Brazil)
Litocopris Waterhouse, 1891 (Africa)
Macroderes Westwood, 1876 (South Africa)
Metacatharsius Paulian, 1939 (Africa)
Ontherus Erichson, 1847 (Central and South America)
Parachorius Harold, 1873
Pseudocopris Ferreira, 1960 (Angola, Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Pseudopedaria Felsche, 1904 (tropical Africa)
Synapsis Bates, 1868
Thyregis Blackburn, 1904 (Middle and southeast Asia)
Xinidium Harold, 1869 (South Africa)


Most species are nocturnal. They are predominantly coprophagous, but some are necrophagous. Dung is rapidly buried in shallow tunnels and then used for nest construction in deeper tunnels.[1]

Scholtz, Clarke H.; Davis, Adrian L. V.; Kryger, Ute (2009). Evolutionary biology and conservation of dung beetles. Sofia-Moscow: Pensoft Pub. ISBN 978-954-642-517-1.
"Coprini Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
Vaz-de-Mello, Fernando Zagury (2008). "Synopsis of the new subtribe Scatimina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Ateuchini), with descriptions of twelve new genera and review of Genieridium, new genus". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
Mathison, Blaine A.; Hardy, Martin; Bezdek, Aleš; Schoolmeesters, Paul (2018). "A Worldwide Checklist of the Tribes and Genera of Aegialiinae, Aphodiinae, Termitotroginae, Aulonocneminae, Scarabaeinae, and Coprinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Scarabaeidae)". Retrieved 2019-01-07.

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