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Alloblackburneus fordi (Gordan, 1974)

Ford's Aphodius Scarab Beetle

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: G1G3

State Rank: S1S3

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): No

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 2

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: Terrestrial dung feeder


Alloblackburneus fordi is a small beetle (3.0 – 3.5mm) that is elongated and somewhat flattened in form. The head and pronotum of A. fordi are slightly shiny but the elytra are dull. The head is blackish in the center and a reddish-brown towards the sides. The elytra are a dark yellowish-brown and the ventral side of the beetle is a lighter yellowish-brown. The elytra also possess rows of setae atop small tubercles (1,2).

Similar Species

Alloblacburneus is a widely distributed genus found in the Nearctic, Neotropics, and Afrotropics. Alloblacburneus species are typically associated with mammal host, however, some species are found in tortoise burrows. This genus contains small beetles (2.5 – 5.0mm) typically reddish-brown and slightly shiny with some species elytra covered in pubescent hairs (1).


This species is thought to be associated with some type of burrowing rodent; however, further surveys are needed (2).


A. fordi is a dung beetle, it most likely consumes the feces of its host; however, further surveys are needed.

Life History

Collection records indicated adult A. fordi are active in spring and summer. The two times this species has been collected specimens were collected at a light (1,2).

Survey Recommendations

This is an extremely rare species; further surveys of Georgia’s coastal islands are recommended to find potential populations


There are only two collection records of this species, both on Georgia costal islands, Jekyll and Little Cumberland islands (1,2). Further surveys are needed.



Georgia Conservation Status

Incomplete data

Conservation Management Recommendations

Association with a host(s) is needed to determine the appropriated conservation methods.



1. Dellacasa, M., Dellacasa, G., & Gordon, R. D. (2011). Systematic revision of the American taxa belonging to the genera Alloblackburneus Bordat, 2009, and Blackburneus Schmidt, 1913, with description of seven new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). Insecta Mundi 0204: 1-52.


2. Gordon, R. D. (1974). Studies on the Genus Aphodius of the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). II. A new Species from Georgia. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 76, 455 – 458.


3. Gordon, R. D. (1983). Studies on the genus Aphodius of the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). VII: Food and habitat; distribution; key to eastern species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 85(4), 633 – 652.

Authors of Account

Yelena Pacheco

Date Compiled or Updated

May 18, 2020