The family of Schizopodidae is a part of the superfamily, Buprestoidea, which is a member of the suborder of polyphaga beetles, defined by the coxa not being fused to the thorax. Bupretoidea contains bullet-shaped beetles, known for their distinctive metallic colors. Little is known about the Schizopodidae family (also known as the ‘false jewel beetle’). Schizopodidae adults are often found clinging to plants such as grass blades, white oak trees, juniper plants and chrysothamnus (rabbitbrush). Genera of Schizopodidae include: Dystaxia, Glyptoscelimorpha and Schizopus.
Fossil records of Bupretoidea date back to the Late Jurassic period. Several fossil samples from the Eocene oil shales in Messel, Germany have even retained their unique metallic coloring. One of the most unique fossils of Bupretoidea includes a larval specimen that was preserved in amber. This specimen was found in New Jersey and dates back to the mid-Cretaceous period, 90 million years ago.
- Dystaxia LeConte, 1866
- †Electrapate Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1962
- Glyptoscelimorpha Horn, 1893
- Schizopus LeConte, 1858
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- Bellamy, C. L. (2010). "Family Schizopodidae". A Checklist of World Buprestoidea. Retrieved 9 Jun 2011.
- Bellamy, C. L. (2010). "Fossil Buprestoidea". A Checklist of World Buprestoidea. Retrieved 23 Jun 2011.
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