Family: Trogidae (carcass beetles)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Polyphaga > Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea

Greyish black, heavily sculptured, small to medium sized beetles. Adults and larvae feed on animal remains and carnivore and raptor faeces. Adults occur underneath the food source and scarab-like larvae in burrows in the soil also underneath it.

Omorgus asperulatus, 15mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

Trox sulcatus, 11mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

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