Drapetes mordelloides, copyright Gábor Keresztes.

Belongs within: Elateridae.

The Lissominae are a group of click beetles characterised by larvae with patches of modified tergal setae and the larval sensorium consisting of a single subdivided dome (Calder 1996).

Characters (from Calder 1996): Head more or less convex anteriorly. Frontal carina either obsolete or incomplete medially. Antennae often inserted into U-shaped depressions. Mandiblar apex usually bidentate, with teeth perpendicular to plane of movement. Prothorax wider than long. Prosternal spine shorter than procoxal diameter, rarely longer. Prosternum either produced fowards to form ‘chin-piece’ or trunctate. Pronotosternal suture deeply grooved for reception of antennae. Mesocoxal cavity open to mesepimeron only, rarely open to both mesepisternum and mesepimeron. Hind wing with short or very reduced (less than 2.5 times as long as wide) radial cell; vein MP4 with apparent cross vein to CuA2; wedge cell present or absent; apex of wing membrane (without venation) occupying less than one-third length of wing membrane; apex with sclerotisations in shape of Greek letter epsilon [Ψ], single slanting sclerotisation or none. Tarsomeres 1–4 each with membranous lamella apico-ventrally. Tarsal claws without basal setae on outer flat portion.

<==Lissominae [Lissomidae, Oestodinae, Protelateridae]
    |  i. s.: ParadrapetesC96
    |         Austrelater Calder & Lawrence in Calder et al. 1993C96
    |           |--*A. macphersonensis Calder 1993C96
    |           |--A. howensis Calder 1993C96
    |           `--A. peckorum Calder 1993C96
    |         Osslimus Calder 1996C96
    |           `--*O. freyi (Cobos 1967) [=Lissomus freyi]C96
    |--Protelaterini [Protelaterinae]KB11
    |    |--Bladus LeConte 1861J02
    |    |    `--B. quadricollisJ02
    |    `--Oestodes LeConte 1853J02
    |         |--O. puncticollisJ02
    |         `--O. tenuicollisJ02
         |--Lissomus Dalm. 1824FS90
         |    `--L. impressifrons Vonv. 1859 [incl. L. sulcifrons]FS90
         `--Drapetes Dejean 1821 non Banks 1792 (ICBN)J02
              |--*D. mordelloides (Host 1789)C96, B14 [=Elater mordelloidesC96]
              |--D. abeiB14
              |--D. biguttatusC96
              |--D. flavipesB14
              |--D. jansoni Bonvouloir 1861C96
              `--D. vicinus Fleutiaux 1897C96

*Type species of generic name indicated


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

[C96] Calder, A. A. 1996. Click beetles: genera of the Australian Elateridae (Coleoptera). CSIRO Australia: Collingwood.

[FS90] Fleutiaux, E., & A. Sallé. 1890. Liste des coléoptères de la Guadeloupe et descriptions d’espèces nouvelles. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: 351–484.

[J02] Johnson, P. J. 2002. Elateridae Leach 1815. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr, M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J. H. Frank (eds) American Beetles vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea pp. 160–173. CRC Press.

[KB11] Kundrata, R., & L. Bocak. 2011. The phylogeny and limits of Elateridae (Insecta, Coleoptera): is there a common tendency of click beetles to soft-bodiedness and neoteny? Zoologica Scripta 40: 364–378.

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