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Biology and morphology of immature stages of banana-associated Protosternum beetles, with comments on the status of Taiwanese endemic P. abnormale (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)

Fikáček, Martin; Liang, Wei-Ren; Hsiao, Yun; Jia, Fenglong; Vondráček, Dominik


The available data on the biology of the water scavenger beetle genus Protosternum Sharp, 1890 (Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae: Protosternini) are summarized, indicating an obligate association of Protosternum beetles with banana plants (Musaceae): they inhabit decaying tissues of old banana stems in which adult feeding, larval development and pupation takes place. Second and third instar larvae and pupa of the Taiwanese-endemic P. abnormale (Orchymont, 1913) are described in detail, based on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Zoologischer Anzeiger
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2018.10.001


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