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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamilia: Scarabaeoidea

Familia: Diphyllostomatidae
Genera (1): Diphyllostoma

Diphyllostomatidae Holloway, 1972

Type genus: Diphyllostoma Fall, 1901 [stem = Diphyllostomat-]

Primary references

Holloway, B.A. 1972: The systematic position of the genus Diphyllostoma Fall (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea). New Zealand journal of science 15: 31–38. BUGZ Reference page.


Tree of Life Web Project. 2007. Diphyllostomatidae. Diphyllostoma. Version 03 May 2007 (temporary) in The Tree of Life Web Project

Vernacular names
English: false stag beetles
magyar: Álszarvasbogárfélék
日本語: ホソマグソクワガタ科
中文: 爬行金龜科

The false stag beetles (Diphyllostoma) are a group of three species of rare beetles known only from California. Almost nothing is known of their life history beyond that the adults are diurnal and females are flightless; larvae have not been observed.

Their length ranges from 5 to 9 mm; bodies are elongate, with a generally dull brown to reddish-brown color. Both body and legs are covered with longish hairs.

Originally classed with the Lucanidae, Diphyllostoma have a number of characteristics not shared with any other type of stag beetle, and so in 1972 Holloway proposed a separate family Diphyllostomatidae, which has since been accepted.


Diphyllostoma fimbriatum (Fall), 1901
Diphyllostoma linsleyi Fall, 1932
Diphyllostoma nigricolle (Fall), 1901


Fall, H.C. (1901). "Two new species of Lucanidae from California". The Canadian Entomologist. 33 (11): 289–293.


Mary Liz Jameson and Brett C. Ratcliffe, "Diphyllostomatidae", in Ross H. Arnett, Jr. and Michael C. Thomas, American Beetles (CRC Press, 2001), vol. 2
B. A. Holloway, "The systematic position of the genus Diphyllostoma Fall (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea)" New Zealand Journal of Science 15: 31-38 (1972)

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