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Any of numerous often burrowing beetles of the superfamily Scarabaeoidea, having lamellate clubs at the tips of the antennae and usually stout bodies, and including the scarabaeid beetles and the stag beetles.

[From New Latin Scarabaeoidea, superfamily name, from Scarabaeus, type genus, from Latin scarabaeus, beetle; see scarab.]

scar′a·bae′oid adj.
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1. (Animals) Also: scaraboid of, relating to, or resembling a scarabaeid
2. (Animals) a former word for lamellicorn
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New records of Scarabaeoids (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae and Lucanidae) from Northern Pakistan.
The occurrence in this study of several periods when a series of chirps produced by 1 adult was followed immediately by series produced by other adults supports previous hypotheses that stridulation may play an important role in intraspecific communication of this and other scarabaeoids in hidden environments (Mini & Prabhu 1990; Hirschberger 2001; Carisio et al.
The tenebrionoids were the dominant assemblage collected, and were only outnumbered by the scarabaeoids at one collecting site (Lower Spring).
Essentially serving as woodland refugia, these sites are dominated numerically by tenebrionids, although the stabilized soils and accumulated humus and leaf litter contribute to habitats capable of supporting a great taxonomic array of carabids and scarabaeoids at all life stages.
Planned efforts include an assessment of less common beetle taxa, and collections of free-ranging beetle larvae to distinguish between resident and transient species of carabids, scarabaeoids, and tenebrionoids.
Lower Spring (n=292), with 18 genera and 20 species, supported mostly scarabaeoid taxa, although tenebrionoid beetles were well represented.