0389. Coleoptera (Histeridae, Leiodidae and Scarabaeidae) inhabiting the burrows of Baird’s pocket gopher (Rodentia: Geomyidae: Geomys breviceps) in Arkansas.


  • Matthew B. Connior
  • Peter W. Kovarik
  • Stephen Chordas III
  • Henry W. Robison
  • Paul E. Skelley


Pocket gopher burrows were sampled from 22 counties within Arkansas to determine the associated faunal composition of three major families of Coleoptera (Histeridae, Leiodidae and Scarabaeidae) commonly associated with pocket gopher burrows. We collected eight species of Histeridae, four species of Leiodidae and eight species of Scarabaeidae from the burrows of Geomys breviceps Baird. Three of the Histeridae were new state records, Geomysaprinus goffi Ross, G. rugosifrons (Fall) and Margarinotus felipae (Lewis). All of the Leiodidae were new state records and one Scarabaeidae was a new state record, Dellacasiellus concavus (Say). The most commonly collected scarab beetles were Cryptoscatomaseter haldemani (Horn) and Geomyphilus insolitus (Brown). The most commonly collected hister beetle was Onthophilus kirni Ross. The Leiodidae were infrequently captured.