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Physical description

This genus is closely allied to Naupactus, from which it differs in the species being apterous. The brief characters given for the genus by Lacordaire are erroneous, the insertion of the antennæ being terminal as in the allied genera. Thus it is not surprising that a fresh name should have been proposed for the genus by Pascoe, who distinguished it correctly from Naupactus by the absence of shoulders. Schönherr understood the genus so imperfectly that he placed most of the species known to him in Naupactus.
 
Pantomorus appears to be specially characteristic of our region, a few species only having as yet been found in S. America, while none have been recognized as occurring in the United States.
 
Two of the species described here—P. distans and P. robustus—are assigned only with considerable doubt to the genus; and I think it probable that when specimens can be obtained for examination they may prove to possess partially developed wings.

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