The Ototetrinae are a small and somewhat disputed subfamily in the firefly family (Lampyridae). They are close to the Luciolinae in some respects, but do not glow or flash like the more advanced fireflies. Rather, they attract their partners with pheromones like many relatives of the firefly family. They are found in Eurasia and North America.

They are sometimes included in the Luciolinae as a tribe Ototetrini, but this is not correct. It seems that the Ototetrinae might not be monophyletic however: the puzzling Stenocladius could well be close enough to the Cyphonocerinae to be included there.

Genera include:



  • (2007): Phylogeny of North American fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae): Implications for the evolution of light signals. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 45(1): 33-49. (HTML abstract)

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