The True Larva of Lecontia Discicollis and Change in the Systematic Position of the Genus (Coleoptera: Boridae)

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The mature larva of Lecontia discicollis is described and illustrated. The presence of well-developed hypostomal rods, fine setae associated with the thoracic legs, two urogomphal pits, and lack of a series of asperities along the anterior margin of the ninth alxloroinal sternite obviate the placement of Lecontia within the Pythidae. Additional features of the larva (urogomphal plate) and adult (head and thorax) indicate a close relationship between Lecontia and Boros, and Lecontia is transferred to the Boridae.

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