Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Pock-marked Scarab* (Scarabaeus cicatricosus)

Adult Pock-marked Scarab* (Scarabaeus cicatricosus) at Donana, Spain - November 2011
* This species has no official English name, this name is a direct translation of the Latin one, but is entirely speculative.

Local Name (Spain): - unknown -
Length: ?
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Near Threatened

This species took quite a bit of work to identify despite being by British standards a large and charismatic beetle species - it is a Scarab Beetle - a dung beetle and was abundant at El Rocio during out visit.  I eventually identified it by finding a scientific article about the dung beetle species of the site and then looking up photos of every species listed.  They feed on dung, and have the famous dung rolling technique associated with beetles of their family.  These Beetles however weren't doing that that we saw, but merely wandering around in the sandy scrub of the surroundings.  Though this species has no official English name, I was very pleased that the name I was going to propose for it turned out to be an exact translation of the latin name anyway.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Scarabaeus

SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Scarce but locally abundant resident where suitable habitat exists.
 - SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: Numerous around El Rocio

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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