One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating or belonging to a division Pleurosticti of scarabaeid beetles characterized as having the abdominal spiracles situated on the dorsal part of the ventral sclerites, and typically feeding as adults on living plant material. Contrasted with laparostict.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Pleurosticti, plural (also Pleurosticta) from pleuro- + ancient Greek στικτός spotted, dappled, in Hellenistic Greek also pricked, tattooed.
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