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Dascillidae

Overview

Dascillid larvae live on organic matter in the soil, and some Holarctic species are known to damage roots.

Description

Elongate, more or less parallel-sided beetles, brown and clothed with decumbent grey or yellow pubescence which usually forms narrow stripes on the elytra. They differ from the closely related Rhipiceridae in having serrate antennae, which are not borne on tubercles, and a strongly transverse pronotum with complete lateral carinae visible from above, and in lacking an empodium between the tarsal claws. Larvae are similar to those of Scarabaeoidea in being more or less C-shaped, with a large head, well-developed legs, and complex epipharyngeal and hypopharyngeal armature, but they differ from them in having the labrum partly fused to the clypeus, the antennae appearing to be 2-segmented with the sensorium at the apex, and T9 with a pair of minute urogomphi.

Distribution

Notodascillus (2 spp.) occurs in northern N.S.W. and southern Qld.

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