Taxon profile


Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Insecta - insects »  superorder Coleopteroidea

Scientific synonyms

Eleuterata Fabricius, 1775

Temporal range:Permian > Cisuralian – recent


Functions restricted to taxon Coleoptera

Important groups

Carabidae - ground and tiger beetles, Dytiscidae - predacious diving beetles, Gyrinidae - whirligig beetles, Dermestidae - skin beetles, Bostrichidae - branch-and-twig borers, Ptinidae - death-watch beetles, Nitidulidae - sap beetles, Cucujidae - flat bark beetles, Silvanidae - grain beetles, Erotylidae - pleasing fungus beetles, Endomychidae - handsome fungus beetles, Coccinellidae - ladybird beetles, Helotidae, Zopheridae - ironclad beetles, Mycetophagidae - hairy fungus beetles, Ciidae - minute tree-fungus beetles, Melandryidae - false darkling beetles, Mordellidae - tumbling flower beetles, Oedemeridae - false blister beetles, Pyrochroidae - fire-colored beetles, Anthicidae - ant-like flower beetles, Aderidae - ant-like leaf beetles, Meloidae - blister beetles, Salpingidae - narrow-waisted bark beetles, Tenebrionidae - darkling beetles, Chrysomelidae - leaf beetles, Bruchidae - seed beetles, Megalopodidae, Curculionoidea - weevils, Cerambycoidea, Melyridae - soft-winged flower beetles, Trogossitidae - bark-gnawing beetles, Cleridae - checkered beetles, Scirtidae - marsh beetles, Dascillidae - soft-bodied plant beetles, Chelonariidae - turtle beetles, Byrrhidae - pill or moss beetles, Limnichidae - minute marsh-loving beetles, Elmidae - riffle beetles, Buprestidae - jewel beetles, Elateridae - click beetles, Melasidae - false click beetles, Lycidae - net-winged beetles, Lampyridae - fireflies, Cantharidae - soldier beetles, Scarabaeoidea, Hydrophilidae - Water Scavenger Beetles, Histeridae - Clown beetles, Silphidae - carrion beetles, Staphylinidae - rove beetles, Cupedidae - reticulated beetles

Included taxa

Number of records: 9

suborder Archostemata Kolbe, 1908
Triassic: Upper Triassic – recent
suborder Myxophaga Crowson, 1955
suborder Adephaga Schellenberg, 1806
Jurassic: Upper Jurassic – recent
suborder Polyphaga Emery, 1886

Fossil taxa

suborder Protocoleoptera Tillyard, 1924
genus Coleopteron Handlirsch, 1906 inc.sed.
genus Grahamelytron Zeuner, 1959 inc.sed.
species Isomira aurora Wickham, 1914 inc.sed.
species Saperda valdensis Heer, 1865 inc.sed.
Tertiary: Upper Miocene

Saperda valdensis

Links and literature

Data source info

Bouchard et al. (2011): Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta), ZooKeys 88: 1–972. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.88.807

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extinct taxon

inc.sed. incertae sedis - uncertain placement within this taxon