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Larval morphology of Nicrophorus (Nicrophorus) nepalensis Hope (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae)

1Department of Ecology, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, CZ-165 00 Praha—Suchdol, Czech Republic.
Department of Ecology, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, CZ-165 00 Praha—Suchdol, Czech Republic.
Coleoptera larval morphology burying beetles Silphidae Nicrophorinae Nicrophorus nepalensis Oriental Region


Larval morphology of all three instars of Nicrophorus (Nicrophorus) nepalensis Hope, 1831 (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae) is described and illustrated, based on reared larvae. The eastern Palaearctic and Oriental N. (N.) nepalensis is similar to the western Palaearctic N. (N.) humator (Gleditsch, 1767) in a number of larval characters. This is congruent with recent classification of the genus Nicrophorus Fabricius, 1775 by Sikes, who suggested a close phylogenetic affinity of the N. nepalensis species group (with 16 species) with the N. humator species group (2 species). The generic description of larvae of Nicrophorus Fabricius, 1775 is expanded, based on detailed SEM observation.



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