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Family Schizopodidae - False Jewel Beetles

Schizopus laetus - female Dystaxia elegans - male - female Glyptoscelimorpha (Dystaxiella) juniperae viridceps - Glyptoscelimorpha juniperae - female Dystaxia murrayi LeConte 1866 - Dystaxia murrayi - male Scarab beetle? - Schizopus laetus False Jewel Beetle - Dystaxia murrayi - - Glyptoscelimorpha juniperae Glyptoscelimorpha viridis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood-boring and False Jewel Beetles)
Family Schizopodidae (False Jewel Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Schizopodidae LeConte 1859
7 spp. in 3 genera total, all in our area(1)(2)
Overview of our fauna updated from(3):
Tribe Schizopodini
Genus Schizopus LeConte
      S. laetus LeConte NV-AZ-CA
      S. sallei Horn CA
        S. sallei nigricans Nelson in Nelson & Bellamy
Tribe Dystaxiini
Genus Dystaxia LeConte
      D. elegans Fall CA
      D. murrayi LeConte CA
Genus Glyptoscelimorpha Horn
      G. (G.) marmorata Horn CA
      G. (G.) viridis Chamberlin CA
      G. (Dystaxiella) juniperae Knull CA
        G. (D.) juniperae viridiceps Nelson in Nelson & Bellamy
6.2-18.0 mm
Distinguished from Buprestidae in having wide metepisternum and deeply lobed fourth tarsomere. Head flat to concave in front.
sw. US (so. NV, sw. AZ, CA) to n. Baja California(3)
Desert areas
larvae are presumed to be external root feeders; adults (Schizopus) visit flowers, perch on dry foliage or feed on foliage of presumed larval host(s) (Dystaxia, Glyptoscelimorpha) (C.L. Bellamy, pers. comm. to =v= 8.iii.2011)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Bellamy C.L. (2013) The world of jewel beetles: A checklist of world Buprestoidea
3.A revision and phylogenetic re-evaluation of the family Schizopodidae (Coleoptera, Buprestoidea)
G.H. Nelson & C.L. Bellamy. 1991. Journal of Natural History 25:985-1026.