Carabiform is a term used to describe the body shape of insect larvae that have short legs, short cerci and a flattened body. The name is derived from Carabidae, the family of beeltes more commonly known as Ground beetles, as their larvae have this body shape.

A photograph of a carabiform beetle larva

A photograph of a carabiform beetle larva.

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