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Ceratocanthus aeneus
Ceratocanthus aeneus
General Information
Universe Real Life
Aliases Round Fungus Beetle
Shining Ball Scarab Beetle
Sphaeromorphus volvox
Classification Ceratocanthus aeneus
Species Type Pill Scarab
Homeworld Earth
Environment Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Intelligence Non-Sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Discovered 1819
Discoverer William Sharp Macleay
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lays eggs
Average Length 5 mm (0.02 ft)
Locomotion Beetle-like movement
Distinctive Features Can roll up into a ball
Eye Color Black
Skin Color Iridescent green with red underside
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Personality Easily domesticated
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Ecdysozoa
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Subclass Pterygota
Infraclass Neoptera
Superorder Endopterygota
Order Coleoptera
Suborder Polyphaga
Infraorder Scarabaeiformia
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Hybosoridae (Scavenger Scarabs)
Genus Ceratocanthus
Race aeneus
Other Information
Status Data Deficient
First Sighting 1819

The Shining Ball Scarab Beetle or Round Fungus Beetle (Ceratocanthus aeneus) is a small species of pill scarab indigenous to the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. They are notable for their ability to curl themselves into a nearly perfect ball as a defense. Their ecology is currently largely unknown, however adults can be found on the bark and branches of dead trees as well as on fungus.

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