Zopheridae

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Zopheridae
Ironclad female sjh.JPG
Ironclad beetle, Zopherus nodulosus haldemani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Infraorder: Cucujiformia
Superfamily: Tenebrionoidea
Family: Zopheridae
Solier, 1834
Subfamilies

Colydiinae - cylindrical bark beetles
Latometinae (sometimes in Zopheridae)
Monommatinae (sometimes in Zopheridae)
Pycnomerinae (sometimes in Zopheridae)
Usechinae (sometimes in Zopheridae)
Zopherinae - ironclad beetles

Zopheridae used as jewelry

The Zopheridae family of beetles has grown considerably in recent years as the members of two other families have been included within its circumscription; these former families are the Monommatidae and the Colydiidae, which are now both included in the Zopheridae as subfamilies or (in the former case) even as tribe of subfamily Zopherinae. Some authors accept up to six subfamilies here, while others merge all except the Colydiinae into the Zopherinae.

Over 100 genera are in the redefined family, and hundreds of species worldwide. No common name is used for the new family, though some of the constituent subfamilies have their own, including the ironclad beetles, and the cylindrical bark beetles.

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