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|Key Characters (adult)||
The marsh beetles. Adults are terrestrial and may be found on emergent vegetation in wetlands or along stream margins. Body oval, soft-bodied; head deflexed; antennae 11-segmented, filiform to subserrate; tarsi all 5-segmented; 4th segment bilobed, larger than 3rd.
|Key Characters (larva)||
Larvae are aquatic and may be found in wetlands, along stream margins or undercut banks, particularly where there is leaf litter and decomposing wood. Larvae roachlike; head prognathus and smaller than pronotum; body segments scleritized and brown. The larvae are unique among all larvae of Coleoptera and the rest of the holometabolous insects in having long, multi-segmented antennae.