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|Key Characters (adult)||
Whirligig beetles. Found in both lentic and lotic habitats. Adults ovate, flattened dorsoventrally; notopleural suture present; first ventrite divided by hind coxae; large hind trochanters; mid and hind legs flattened, oar-like; eyes divided into ventral and dorsal components; antennal segments 3-11 form short, cylindrical club and are about as long as combined segments 1+2.
|Key Characters (larvae)||
Larvae white; legs 6-segmented with two apical claws; 10 abdominal segments; elongate lateral gills on segments 1-9; four decurved hooks on 10th segment.
|Distribution||CA, OR, WA, NV, AZ, Baja|