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  • proper noun A taxonomic suborder within the order Coleoptera — the adephagan beetles.


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  • The most primitive sub-order of beetles, Adephaga, has the most number of families that are truely aquatic, meaning that eggs and larvae both develop underwater.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • The larvae and adults of the suborder Adephaga are predators on other insects and small crustaceans.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • Adephagous: belonging to the Adephaga: pentamerous, predatory, terrestrial beetles with filiform antennae and predatory habits: see hydradephagous.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • In one section of the order, however, the Adephaga comprising the predaceous terrestrial and aquatic beetles, the larval foot has, like that of the adult, two claws.

    The Life-Story of Insects


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