Bloody-nosed beetle Timarcha tenebricosa, copyright Charles J. Sharp.

Belongs within: Phytophaga.
Contains: Donaciinae, Hispinae, Criocerinae, Sagrinae, Bruchidae, Galerucinae, Chrysomelini, Cassidinae, Eumolpinae, Lamprosomatinae, Cryptocephalini, Clytrini, Chlamisini.

The Chrysomelidae, leaf beetles, are a cosmopolitan family of beetles that mostly feed on living plant tissue. Adults feed externally whereas larvae may feed either externally or internally. Chrysomelids are highly varied in external appearance but are united by broad fusion of the anterior apodemes in the male genitalia (Riley et al. 2002). The Bruchidae, bean weevils, have often been treated as a separate family but are phylogenetically nested within the Chrysomelidae.

Other subgroups of the Chrysomelidae include the Chrysomelinae, generally ovate beetles characterised by a truncate clypeus whose larvae feed externally and are often armed with repugnatorial glands. Timarcha is a distinctive chrysomeline genus, found in the Mediterranean region and western North America, of dark-coloured, flightless species with a reduced metasternum (Riley et al. 2002). The Cryptocephalinae usually have a strongly hypognathous head that is deeply inserted into the prothorax. The Spilopyrinae are a small group of Australasian and South American beetles that were until recently included in the subfamily Eumolpinae.

<==Chrysomelidae (see below for synonymy)
    |  `--+--SagrinaeRC02
    |     `--BruchidaeMW15
       |  `--ChrysomelinaeMW15
       |       |  i. s.: Sterromela trimaculataLB91
       |       |         OrinaRD77
       |       |--ChrysomeliniMW15
       |       `--Timarcha Latreille 1829 [Timarchini]RC02
       |            |  i. s.: T. affinisR26
       |            |         T. coriariaR26
       |            |         T. intricataRC02
       |            |         T. pratensisR26
       |            |         T. punica Lucas 1847E12
       |            |         T. tenebricosa (Fabricius 1775)B14
       |            |--T. (Timarcha) [incl. Timarchostoma Motschulsky 1860)RC02
       |            |--T. (Americanotimarcha Jolivet 1948)RC02
       |            `--T. (Metallotimarcha Motschulsky 1860)RC02
          `--+--SpilopyraB14 [SpilopyrinaeRC02]
             |    `--S. sumptuosa Baly 1860B14
                   `--Cryptocephalinae [Camptosomata, Clytrinae]MW15
                        |  i. s.: AporoceraZS10
                        |         Fulcidax monstrosa (Fabricius 1798)B14
                        |         LeasiaLB91
                        |         LachnabothraQI93
                        |         PrasonotusQI93
                        |         LoxopleurusB70
Chrysomelidae incertae sedis:
  Pseudomegamerus grandisGE05, P02
  Eucolaspis brunneaWFS04
  Oreina cacaliaeAM07
  Arnomus brouniT27
  Eurydemus oculatus Chap. 1879G89
  Cheilotoma musciformisF05
    |--C. m. musciformisF05
    `--C. m. hispanica Medvedev 2004F05
  Stylosomus flavusC01
  Xenomela heydeniC01
    |--P. duodecimpustulatusC01
    `--P. nigrofasciatus Jac. 1888F89
  Sternoplatys weisei Csiki 1901C01
  Malacosoma Chv. 1846 [incl. Exocera]FS90
    |--M. collarisC01
    `--M. detritum Fab. 1801 [incl. M. guadeloupense, M. pallidicorne]FS90
  Pallasia absinthiiC01
  Ochrosis salicariaeC01
  Platymela sticticollisB14
  ‘Aletes’ Chapuis 1874 nec Rafinesque 1815 nec Carpenter 1857N47
  Oxygona Chv. 1847FS90
    `--O. pallens Fab. 1792 [incl. O. modesta]FS90
  Pseudodisonycha turquinensis Blake 1956B56
    |--M. adultaB37
    |--M. fictorB37
    |--M. lugubrinaB37
    |--M. ornatusB37
    |--M. pretiosusB37
    |--M. quattuornotataB37
    |--M. rubropustulataB37
    `--M. tabebuiae Blake 1937B37
  Paratrikona Spaeth 1923B37
    |--P. lerouxi [=Trikona lerouxi]B37
    |--P. ovata Blake 1938B38
    |--P. turrifera [=Trikona turrifera]B37
    `--P. turritella Blake 1937B37
  Batonota Hope 1839B37
  Akantaka Maulik 1916B37
  Trikona Maulik 1916B37
    `--T. humeralisB37
  Elytrogona nigrodorsata Blake 1937B37
    |--C. costata Blake 1938B38
    |--C. ditrichota Blake 1938B38
    |--C. maestrensisB38
    |--C. nanaB38
    `--C. rotunda Blake 1938B38
  Profidia Gresset 1963P92
    `--*P. nitida Gresset 1963P92
  Homophyla Har. 1877FS90
    `--H. krugi Weise 1885FS90
  Melanispa Baly 1858FS90
    `--M. truncata Baly 1858FS90
  Selenis Hope 1839FS90
    `--S. spinifex Linné 1763 [incl. S. cerastes]FS90
  Omoplata Hope 1840FS90
    `--O. distincta Boh. 1854FS90
  Anomalonyx Weise 1903BP02
  Augomela hypochalceaB90

Chrysomelidae [Alticidae, Camptosomes, Cassididae, Chlamydidae, Clythridae, Clytridae, Cryptocephalidae, Cryptostomes, Cyclica, Donaciidae, Eupodes, Fulcidacidae, Galerucidae, Halticidae, Lamprosomatidae, Lamprosomidae, Megascelidae, Megascelididae, Mesomphaliidae, Synetidae]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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