Macrolycus flabellatus, copyright Y. J. Chang.

Belongs within: Elateroidea.
Contains: Trichalus, Calochrominae, Diluticolinae, Lycinae.

The Lycidae are a group of soft-bodied beetles with narrow, dehiscent elytra that are generally coloured in contrasting aposematic patterns of reddish yellow and black. The distasteful lycids often function as models in mimicry complexes.

<==Lycidae [Lycides]B14
    |  `--Leptolycinae [Lyropaeinae]K02
    |       |  i. s.: LeptolycusB14
    |       |--+--Antennolycus constrictusKB11
    |       |  `--Microlyropaeus dembickyiKB11
    |       `--+--Alyculus kurbatoviKB11
    |          `--Lyropaeus biguttatusKB11, K02
       `--+--Thonalmus Bourg. 1883KB11, FS90
          |    |--T. bicolor Linné 1763 [incl. T. denominatus Chv. 1870, T. militaris]FS90
          |    |--T. dominicensis Chv. 1870 [incl. T. blandus]FS90
          |    `--T. hubbardiKB11
             `--+--Libnetis granicollisKB11
                     |--L. brevicollis Fairmaire 1889F89
                     `--L. quadricollisKB11
Lycidae incertae sedis:
  Dumbrellia Lea 1909L09
    |--D. brevicornis (Lea 1898) [=Calochromus brevicornis]L09
    `--D. pilosicornis (Lea 1898) [=Calochromus pilosicornis]L09
    |--X. costiferL09
    |--X. gratiosusL09
    |--X. obscurus Macleay 1886M86
    |--X. pentagonus Bourgeois 1889B89b
    |--X. regularisM86
    |--X. semiflabellatus Thoms. 1858 [incl. Lycus sulcicollis Murray 1868]B89b
    `--X. xanthomerus Bourgeois 1889B89b
    |--C. apicalis Macleay 1886M86
    |--C. ingenuusM86
    |--C. longicornis Macleay 1886M86
    |--C. nigrescens Macleay 1886M86
    `--C. semirufus Macleay 1886M86
  Pseudaplatopterus scheeleiP92
    |--Falsocalleros Pic 1933 [incl. Pseudoplateros Green 1951]M02
    |    `--F. moleculusM02
    `--Plateros Bourgeois 1879 [incl. Neoceletes Leng & Shoemaker 1915]M02
         |--P. phoenicurusB89a
         |--P. scutellaris Bourgeois 1889B89a
         |--P. sordidus Fairmaire 1889F89
         `--P. sycophantaF89
    |--C. dichrocerus Bourgeois 1889B89b
    |--C. dondonensis Harold 1879 [incl. Lycus semiflabellatus Murray 1868]B89b
    |--C. inflatellus Bourgeois 1889B89b
    |--C. latithorax Bourgeois 1889B89b
    |--C. macer Bourgeois 1889B89b
    |--C. sulcicollis Thoms. 1858B89b
    `--C. unicolor Bourgeois 1889B89b

*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).

[B89a] Bourgeois, J. 1889a. Diagnoses de Lycides nouveaux ou peu connus. 6e partie. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: 225–236.

[B89b] Bourgeois, J. 1889b. Voyage de M. Ch. Alluaud dans le territoire d’Assinie (Afrique occidentale) en juillet et août 1886. 1er mémoire. Lycides. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: 237–246.

[F89] Fairmaire, L. 1889. Coléoptères de l’intérieur de la Chine. 5e partie. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: 5–84.

[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.

[K02] Kazantsev, S. 2002. A generic review of Duliticolinae, new subfamily (Coleoptera: Lycidae). Elytron 16: 5–21.

[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.

[L09] Lea, A. M. 1909. Revision of the Australian and Tasmanian Malacodermidae. Trans. Ent. Soc. Lond. 1909 (1): 45–251, pls 2–6.

[M86] Macleay, W. 1886. The insects of the Fly River, New Guinea, “Coleoptera”. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (1): 136–157.

[M02] Miller, R. S. 2002. Lycidae Laporte 1836. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr, M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J. H. Frank (eds) American Beetles vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea pp. 174–178. CRC Press.

[P92] Poinar, G. O., Jr. 1992. Life in Amber. Stanford University Press: Stanford.

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