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Polyphaga is the largest and most diverse suborder of beetles; the name is derived from two two Greek words: Poly, meaning many, and phagus, the verb meaning eat, so the suborder is called the “eaters of many things”. Polyphaga comprises 144 families in 16 superfamilies, and displays an enormous variety of specialization and adaptation, with over 300,000 described species, or approximately 90% of the beetle species so far discovered.

Key characteristics of Polyphaga are that the hind coxa (base of the leg), does not divide the first and second abdominal/ventral plates which are known as sternites. Also, the notopleural suture (found under the pronotal shield) is not present.

Polyphaga :
Bostrichiformia
Cucujiformia - Plant Eating Beetles
Elateriformia
Scarabaeiformia - Scarab Forms
Staphyliniformia

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Polyphaga
Multi-Eaters
Coleoptera
Sheath Wing
Endopterygota
Metamorphosis
Neoptera
New Wings
Pterygota
Winged
Dicondylia
Pre-Winged Insects
Insecta
Insects
Hexapoda
Six Legs
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Jointed Feet
Ecdysozoa
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Protostomia
Mouth First
Bilateria
Two-Way Symmetry
Eumetazoa
True Higher Animals
Animalia
Animals
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
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