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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Tribe Zopherini

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Light edged Black ground beetle? - Zopherus Ironclad - Sesaspis emarginata Diabolical Ironclad Beetle - Phloeodes diabolicus Phloeodes sp.? maybe diabolicus? - Phloeodes diabolicus Cryptoglossa? - Zopherus gracilis Textured
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Zopheridae (Ironclad Beetles)
Subfamily Zopherinae (Ironclad Beetles)
Tribe Zopherini
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
the group is undergoing a major overhaul, with numerous spp. transferred to other genera, sometimes more than once during recent years.
To avoid confusion, please refer to the latest treatment(1)
13 spp. in 3 genera in our area, 48 spp. in 9 genera worldwide(1)
all but 3 (monotypic) genera of the tribe occur in the New World (sw. US to C. America, with one sp. south to Chile); the remaining genera occur in e. Africa, se. Asia, and e. Australia each(1)
NB: genus Nosoderma, as currently treated, contains two spp., both restricted to Cuba(1)
Print References
Slipinski S.A. & J.F. Lawrence. 1999. Phylogeny and classification of Zopheridae sensu novo (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) with a review of the genera of Zopheridae (excluding Monommatini). Annales Zoologici (Warszawa) 49: 1-53.