A new Anomiopus Westwood from Peru (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae).


  • Luis Figueroa
  • W. D. Edmonds


The purpose of this paper is to describe a new species of the scarabaeine dung beetle genus Anomiopus
Westwood from the Junín region of east-central Peru. It is a contribution to an ongoing study of
the Peruvian scarabaeine dung beetle fauna based at the Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad
Mayor de San Marcos in Lima. In a previous paper (Edmonds and Figueroa 2013) we described what
we then regarded as the most bizarre Anomiopus yet discovered, A. pishtaco. Further fi eld studies to
the west of and at a higher elevation than the type locality of A. pishtaco has yielded yet another unusual,
arguably even more bizarre species, A. apuskispay, new species, which we describe below. The
taxonomy of Anomiopus is the subject of a series of recent papers by the late Virgínia Luzia Canhedo
(Canhedo 2004a, 2004b, 2006). Nothing is known about the biology of this new species nor that of A.
pishtaco. Most Anomiopus specimens with precise collecting data were attracted to light traps of various
types as well as fl ight-intercept traps, dung-baited pitfall traps, sweep nets, and direct capture near
newly excavated nests of Acromyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera; Formicidae).