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Larvae of the Genus Anomalipus Latreille, 1846 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

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The immature stages of the 11 species of the genus Anomalipus Latreille, 1846 were presented on base of the material preserved in the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria (33 eggs and 152 larvae). The materials were collected in the natural conditions (larvae with adults association) or came from the beetles-breeding. The following larval characters distinguished the genus Anomalipus: (1) the presence of subdivided sensorium surrounding the base of the apical antennomere; (2) the epicranial plate of head and lateral part of prothorax possess deep holes (modified into sensory-capsules); (3) anal segment smooth, conical, with ninth sternum extremely reduced. The results of the presented studies are not confirmed Schultze's (1978) informations of antennal structures and divisions of the Anomalipus species based on the adults (Endrödy-Younga 1988). The high level of homogenous larval structures of the Anomalipus make its useless for species describing and grouping.
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Keywords: ANOMALIPUS; BEETLES; COLEOPTERA; IMMATURE STAGES; PLATYNOTINI; SOUTH AFRICA; TENEBRIONIDAE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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