Eur. J. Entomol. 99 (3): 363-372, 2002 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2002.047

The larva of Chiron senegalensis and comments on its relationships with other Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera: Chironidae)

Jean-Bernard HUCHET, Jean-Pierre LUMARET
Laboratoire de Zoogéographie, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III, Route de Mende, F- 34199 Montpellier cedex 5, France; e-mail: jbhuchet@club-internet.fr; jean-pierre.lumaret@univ-montp3.fr

After a brief presentation of some historical, taxonomical and biological data on the Chironidae, the third instar larva of Chiron senegalensis Hope & Westwood, 1845 is described and illustrated on the basis of larval characteristics. The systematic position of the genus Chiron Mac Leay, 1819 within the Scarabaeoidea complex is discussed.

Keywords: Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea, Chironidae, Chiron senegalensis, larva, description

Received: June 6, 2001; Accepted: February 12, 2002; Published: September 20, 2002

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