False jewel beetle Schizopus laetus, copyright Tony Iwane.

Belongs within: Elateriformia.
Contains: Chrysochroinae, Julodinae, Buprestinae, Agrilinae, Polycestinae.

The Buprestidae, jewel beetles, are a cosmopolitan family of beetles that are often marked by brilliant, metallic colours. They are typically characterised by a hypognathous head, mostly serrate antennae, a transverse suture across the metasternum, and the first two abdominal sternites connate.

<==Buprestidae [Buprestides, Buprestoidea]MW15
    |  |  `--BuprestinaeMW15
    |  `--+--AgrilinaeMW15
    |     `--PolycestinaeMW15
    `--Schizopodinae [Schizopodidae]B85
         |    |--Glyptoscelimorpha Horn 1893B85
         |    |    `--G. (Dystaxiella Knull 1940)NB02
         |    `--Dystaxia LeConte 1866B85
         |         `--D. murrayiNB02
         `--Schizopus LeConte 1858MW15, NB02 [incl. Yermoella Obenberger 1939B85; Schizopodina, Schizopodini]
              |--S. laetus LeConte 1858B14
              `--S. sallaeiB14
                   |--S. s. sallaeiB14
                   `--S. s. nigricansB14
Buprestidae incertae sedis:
  Galbella Westwood 1848 (see below for synonymy)B85
    |  i. s.: G. acaciaB14
    |         G. felix (Marseul 1866)B14
    |--G. (Progalbella Bellamy 1985)B85
    `--G. (Xenogalbella Bellamy 1985)B85
  Cylindromorphinae [Cylindromorphini]B85
    |--Heromorphus Obenberger 1916B85
    |--Paracylindromorphus Thery 1930 [incl. Agrilomorphus Portevin 1931]B85
    |--Cantonius Thery 1929B85
    |--Zitella Thery 1954B85
    |--Capeneria Cobos 1953 [incl. Zita Thery 1954]B85
    |--Franchettia Thery 1954 [incl. Neomorphus Cobos 1953 non Gloger 1827]B85
    `--Cylindromorphus Thery 1930B85
         |--C. bifrons Rey 1890R90
         |--C. filumR90
         |--C. gallicusR90
         |--C. parallelusR90
         `--C. strigatulus Rey 1890R90

Galbella Westwood 1848 [incl. Janthe Marseul 1865 non Grisebach 1844 (ICBN), Oncomaea Saunders 1867, Sponsorinus Fairmaire 1900; Galbellinae]B85

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B85] Bellamy, C. L. 1985. A catalogue of the higher taxa of the family Buprestidae (Coleoptera). Navorsinge van die Nasionale Museum Bloemfontein 4 (15): 405–472.

[B14] Bouchard, P. (ed.) 2014. The Book of Beetles: A lifesize guide to six hundred of nature’s gems. Ivy Press: Lewes (United Kingdom).

[MW15] McKenna, D. D., A. L. Wild, K. Kanda, C. L. Bellamy, R. G. Beutel, M. S. Caterino, C. W. Farnum, D. C. Hawks, M. A. Ivie, M. L. Jameson, R. A. B. Leschen, A. E. Marvaldi, J. V. McHugh, A. F. Newton, J. A. Robertson, M. K. Thayer, M. F. Whiting, J. F. Lawrence, A. Ślipiński, D. R. Maddison & B. D. Farrell. 2015. The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology 40 (4): 835–880.

[NB02] Nelson, G. H., & C. L. Bellamy. 2002. Schizopodidae LeConte 1861. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr, M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J. H. Frank (eds) American Beetles vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea pp. 95–97. CRC Press.

[R90] Rey, C. 1890. Description de deux espèces nouvelles ou peu connues de buprestides du genre Cylindromorphus. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: clx–clxii.

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