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Glimworm Lampyris noctiluca crop.png
Egg-laden female of Lampyris noctiluca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Elateroidea
Family: Lampyridae
Subfamily: Lampyrinae
Tribe: Lampyrini
Latreille, 1817[verification needed]

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The Lampyrini are a tribe of fireflies in the large subfamily Lampyrinae. The lineage formerly separated as Pleotomini seems to be a specialized offshoot of the Lampyrini not too distant from the type genus Lampyris and is therefore included here. This tribe occurs throughout the Holarctic and contains the typical "glowing" or "continuous-light" fireflies from that region. Some otherwise very advanced Lampyrini, like species in Paraphausis and Pyrocoelia, have degenerated light-producing organs again and communicate primarily or even exclusively with pheromones like the ancestors of the fireflies did.[1]

Selected genera[edit]

The validity of several genera and the delimitation of others (such as Diaphanes and Pyrocoelia) is in need of review.[1]

Some of the Cratomorphini – maybe an entirely paraphyletic assemblage – might also belong here, e.g. Aspisoma.


  1. ^ a b Stanger-Hall et al. (2007)