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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: Scarabaeini
Genus: Pachylomera
Species (2): P. femoralis – P. opaca

Pachylomera Griffith & Pidgeon, 1831

Type species: Scarabaeus femoralis Kirby, 1828 by monotypy.


Pachysomera Laporte, 1840
Pachylomerus Bertolini, 1849
Type species: Scarabaeus femoralis Kirby, 1828 by monotypy.

Primary references

Griffith, E.; Pidgeon, E. 1831: The class Insecta arranged by the Baron Cuvier, with supplementary additions to each order. Notices of new genera and species by G. Gray. Volume the first. In: Griffith, E. et al., The Animal Kingdom arranged in conformity with its organisation by the Baron Cuvier, with supplementary additions to each order. Volume 14 (dated 1832). Whittaker, Treacher, & Co., London. Google books

Additional references

Ziani, S.; Branco, T. 2011: The authorship and date of the genus-group name Pachylomera (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Zootaxa 2803: 63–68. Preview Reference page.


Schoolmeesters, P. 2017. Scarabs: World Scarabaeidae Database (version Jul 2016). In: Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds. 2017. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 30th January 2017. Digital resource at Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858. Reference page. [accessed on April 4, 2017]

Pachylomera[1] is a genus of dung beetle from the family Scarabaeidae and tribe Scarabaeini, with records from Africa south of the equator.
Species and Description

BioLib[2] lists:

Pachylomera femoralis Kirby, 1828 - type species
Pachylomera opaca Lansberge, 1874

P. femoralis is the largest flying, ball-rolling dung beetle in the world. The front legs are particularly strong, with the flattened leg appendages: it walks with these while rolling balls of buffalo and elephant dung.

Kirby W (1828) A description of some Coleopterous insects in the collection of the Rev. F.W.Hope. Zoological Journal 3: 520-525. genus Pachylomera Kirby, 1828 (retrieved 23 August 2021)

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