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Syneta sp.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Synetinae
LeConte & Horn, 1883[1]


The Synetinae are a small subfamily within the leaf beetle family (Chrysomelidae). They are found entirely within the Holarctic, mainly in North America but also appearing in parts of Europe and Asia.

Historically, the group was classified as a subfamily within either the Chrysomelidae or the Orsodacnidae. Recently some authors have treated them as a tribe of the subfamily Eumolpinae, where they are known as Synetini, but others have criticised this placement and prefer to keep them as a separate subfamily of leaf beetles.[2]


Two genera belong to the subfamily, containing a total of 12 described species:


  1. ^ Silfverberg, H. (2010). "Synetinae". In Löbl, I.; Smetana, A. (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 6. Chrysomeloidea. Stenstrup, Denmark: Apollo Books. p. 643. ISBN 978-87-88757-84-2.
  2. ^ Jolivet, Pierre; Verma, Krishna K. (2008). "Eumolpinae – a widely distributed and much diversified subfamily of leaf beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)" (PDF). Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews. 1 (1): 3–37. doi:10.1163/187498308X345424.
  3. ^ Crotch, G. R. (1874). "Descriptions of New Species of Coleoptera from the Pacifie Coast of the United States". Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 5: 73–80. JSTOR 25076288.