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20 March 2013 Description of the Early Instars of Laius asahinai Nakane (Coleoptera: Malachiidae): First Discovery of a Foetomorphic Larva in Malachiidae
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The first and second instars of the malachiid Laius asahinai Nakane are described, with observations on the growth process from immediately before hatching onward. The first two instars are inactive and non-feeding with vestigial legs, very similar to the prolarva of other cantharid species. Laius asahinai shows foetometamorphosis, making it the second representative among coleopteran families to exhibit this form of development.

Makoto Asano and Hiroaki Kojima "Description of the Early Instars of Laius asahinai Nakane (Coleoptera: Malachiidae): First Discovery of a Foetomorphic Larva in Malachiidae," The Coleopterists Bulletin 67(1), 40-45, (20 March 2013). https://doi.org/10.1649/072.067.0109
Received: 5 August 2012; Accepted: 1 December 2012; Published: 20 March 2013
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