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Geotrupes pyrenaeus?

Observed: 26th April 2013 By: Chris MoodyChris Moody’s reputation in InvertebratesChris Moody’s reputation in InvertebratesChris Moody’s reputation in Invertebrates

Found on a mixed habitat, sandy track bordering coniferous woodland and grassland.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Mydaea's picture

It is Anoplotrupes

It is Anoplotrupes stercorosus.

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Any idea on the indentations behind the head? They're almost too symmetrical to be coincidence/damage?

Mydaea's picture

Of course, it is not A.

Of course, it is not A. stercorosus. Sometimes it is better to sit back and let the specialists in. Sorry!

scarabus's picture

It is certainly pyrenaeus

This is definitely Trypocopris pyrenaeus and not Anoplotrupes or Geotrupes. The only species it could conceivably be confused with is T. vernalis, which has a different general habitus/colour and has all abdominal sternites punctured and pilose along the midline; your specimen clearly has the punctures and pilosity effaced along the midline of the sternites.

Fluctuat nec mergitur

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Name change

Hi Chris, based on the information from scarabus I've agreed with your identification as Geotrupes pyrenaeus, but if you'd like to add a further identification as Trypocopris pyrenaeus (the name that comes up if you use "Get recommended") then I'll agree with that instead.

A good record for this scarce species.

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Thanks all.

Thanks everyone.