Subfamilies and Classification of Tenebrionidae
Tenebrionidae is one of the most diverse families within Coleoptera (beetles), and is very difficult to completely classify (Aalbu et al. 2002). As a result, the family has been divided into 10 subfamilies, 96 tribes, and 61 subtribes. The sub-families include Lagriinae, Phrenapatinae, Zolodinae, Pimeliinae, Tenebrioninae, Alleculinae, Coelometopinae, Diaperinae, Cossyphodinae, and Nilioninae (Vratislav et al., 2009)
- Bouchard et al.(2005).Synoptic Classification of the World Tenebrionidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) with a Review of Family-Group Names. Annales Zoologici 55(4): 499-530.
- Supplier (Vratislav Ricardo Eugene Maria Bejsak-Colloredo-Mansfeld
I think we need an improved version of this that also includes the number of species. Also, this is not a "comprehensive description" but a brief summary. Finally, there's something funky with the references. James, are you out there?
Can anyone comment why the well-known, though not diverse, genus Alobates is not included in this classification? Is this classification just incomplete, or is there something I am missing? I have just posted a couple of images of the very common species A. pennsylvanica, and I'm not sure it will really show up I do see it listed at http://eol.org/pages/3279996/names under the Tenebrionidae, though not assigned to subfamily. I'm going to mark that classification as "preferred" in order to include the genus under the family. If this is a mistake, I hope some more knowledgeable editor will correct it!