One of 4 such beetles found in cow dung, at least 10 days old.
No interactions present.
Unfortunately A. fimetarius was split into two species in 2001. They have since been resynonymised and then split again. It and A. pedellus are difficult to distinguish without dissection of a male.
Thanks for the information regarding this "species - if I wait long enough they might be lumped again? On the other hand, is there an easily accessible source to differentiate on the basis of dissection? It would be good to put an accurate name to the beetle.
Darren Mann is currently working on an easier way of separating them. Apparently they have different numbers of chromosomes, so shouldn't be relumped. If you let me have your e-mail, I can send you the 2001 paper.
Many thanks for your help with this. My email is
Lat/Lng: 51.9, -2.1
OS grid ref: SO9925