Sisyphus spinipes

9–11 mm
brown to dark brown/grey with long thin legs
Flight time
Yearly Activity
spring to early winter

QLD, northeast NSW

Similar Species

S. rubrus is smaller and lighter. The inside edge of hind femur is rounded in male S. rubrus and angled in male S. spinipes.

Other notes
Dung balls are not buried but instead are attached to vegetation (larval development takes place aboveground).

Presence in Australia


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DBEE project species sightings

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