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Rhantus suturalis
Rhantus suturalis
Rhantus suturalis
( = Rhantus pulverosus )
( = Rhantus punctatus )

On this picture the beetle is seen while ventilating it's air supply, which is pressed from under the elytrae into a large bubble. Oxygen from the water will diffundate in this bubble, thus refreshing the breathing air. After the process the beetle can suck the air back by lifting its elytrae to the original position.


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