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Adult Little gopher tortoise scarab beetle. Photo by Dave Almquist. Image may be subject to copyright.
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Alloblackburneus troglodytes (Hubbard, 1894)

Little gopher tortoise scarab beetle

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: G2G3

State Rank: SU

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): Yes

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 1

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: Gopher tortoise nests


Description

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Habitat

An obligate commensal of the gopher tortoise, the dung beetle is only found where fresh gopher tortoise manure is present.  The species is primarily found in scrub and sandhill habitat.

Diet

Life History

Survey Recommendations

The species is considered to be an obligate commensal, primarily found in scrub and sandhill habitat.   Further surveys in other locations where gopher tortoises are known is encouraged.  Surveys must be done by collection of fresh gopher tortoise manure. 

Range

The species has been surveyed in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.  The populations even within sandhill gopher tortoise populations are considered ‘spotty’. 

Threats

Georgia Conservation Status

A dung beetle considered imperiled by Natureserve because it is completely dependent on Gopher tortoises. 

Conservation Management Recommendations

Management to promote this native species relies on the methods used to promote its host, the gopher tortoise.

References

Authors of Account

Anna Yellin

Date Compiled or Updated

Adult Little gopher tortoise scarab beetle. Photo by Dave Almquist. Image may be subject to copyright.
Adult Little gopher tortoise scarab beetle. Photo by Dave Almquist. Image may be subject to copyright.
Adult Little gopher tortoise scarab beetle. Photo by Dave Almquist. Image may be subject to copyright.