Macrolycus flabellatus, copyright Y. J. Chang.

Belongs within: Elateroidea.
Contains: Trichalus, Lycini, Metriorrhynchus.

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
|–Lyropaeinae B14
|    |  i. s.: Platerodrilus korinchianus Blair 1928 B14
|    |         Leptolycus B14
|    |–+–Duliticola KB11
|    |  `–+–Horakiella emasensis KB11
|    |     `–+–Pendola KB11
|    |        `–Macrolibnetis KB11
|    `–+–+–Antennolycus constrictus KB11
|       |  `–Microlyropaeus dembickyi KB11
|       `–+–Alyculus kurbatovi KB11
|          `–Lyropaeus KB11
`–+–+–Thonalmus hubbardi KB11
|  `–+–Lycoprogenthes KB11
|     `–+–Lyponia quadricollis KB11
|        `–Libnetis granicollis KB11
`–Lycinae B14
|–+–Dihammatus KB11
|  `–Macrolycus KB11 [Macrolycini B14]
|       `–M. flabellatus (Motschulsky 1860) B14
|–+–+–Eurrhacus KB11
|  |  `–Platycis minutus KB11
|  `–+–Idiopteron biplagiatum KB11
|     `–Lycini KB11
`–+–Metriorrhynchus KB11
`–+–+–Dilophotes KB11
|  `–Scarelus KB11
`–+–+–Benibotarus nigripennis KB11
|  `–Pyropterus nigroruber KB11
`–+–Taphes brevicollis KB11
`–Dictyoptera KB11
|–D. dichroma Boisduval 1835 B35
`–D. elegans KB11

Lycidae incertae sedis:
Dumbrellia Lea 1909 L09
|–D. brevicornis (Lea 1898) [=Calochromus brevicornis] L09
`–D. pilosicornis (Lea 1898) [=Calochromus pilosicornis] L09
Trichalus L09
Xylobanus L09
|–X. costifer L09
|–X. gratiosus L09
|–X. obscurus Macleay 1886 M86
`–X. regularis M86
Melampyrus L09
Calopteron flavicans M86
Cladophorus M86
|–C. apicalis Macleay 1886 M86
|–C. ingenuus M86
|–C. longicornis Macleay 1886 M86
|–C. nigrescens Macleay 1886 M86
`–C. semirufus Macleay 1886 M86

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B35] Boisduval, J. B. 1835. Voyage de Découvertes de l’Astrolabe. Exécuté par ordre du Roi, pendant les années 1826–1827–1828–1829, sous le commandement de M. J. Dumont d’Urville. Faune entomologique de l’océan Pacifique, avec l’illustration des insectes nouveaux recueillis pendant le voyage vol. 2. Coléoptères et autres ordres. J. Tastu: Paris.

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

[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.

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