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elongated soft bodied beetles. Elytra have a distinctive network of diagonal ridges and less distinct cross-ridges; elytra nearly always broadest at the rear. Head more or less concealed from above; sides of pronotum copressed, surface flattened. antennae long, thick, flattened and nearly always saw-toothed. red coloration is very common. Tarsi 5-5-5. Larvae are elongate, very flattened and heavily sclerotised. some have large scales above their heads and resemble trilobites (genus Duliticola).