Damsel bug Nabis kinbergii, photographed by Denis Crawford.

Belongs within: Panheteroptera.
Contains: Reduviidae, Tingoidea, Miridae, Anthocoridae, Cimicidae, Polyctenidae.

The Cimicomorpha is a group of terrestrial bugs characterised by a reduced number of cells in the forewing membrane, and the reduction of the spermatheca to a vermiform gland (Shcherbakov & Popov 2002). The clade includes both phytophagous (Miridae, Tingoidea) and predatory (Reduviidae, Cimicoidea) representatives. Members of the Cimicoidea have a phallus that punctures a membrane in the female abdomen, either puncturing the vaginal walls as in the Nabidae, allowing the sperm to migrate to the ovaries through the haemolymph rather than through the oviduct, or puncturing the abdomen wall externally as in Cimicidae and Anthocoridae, through a process known as traumatic insemination (Grimaldi & Engel 2005). The Nabidae, damsel bugs, are relatively long and slender and mostly larger than other cimicoids.

    |  i. s.: Pterocimex [Pterocimicidae] GE05
    |         Lygaenocoris GE05
    |         Mesopentacoris [Mesopentacoridae, Protocoridae] GE05
    |         Miridoides GE05
    |         Scutellifer GE05
    |         Cymocoris GE05
    |         Coriopachys GE05
    |--Reduvioidea CGW91
    |    |--Pachynomidae CGW91
    |    `--Reduviidae SP02
    `--+--+--Tingoidea SP02
       |  `--Miroidea CGW91
       |       |--Miridae SP02
       |       `--Microphysidae CGW91
       `--Cimicoidea SP02
            |  i. s.: Plokiophilidae CGW91
            |           |--Plokiophilinae R00
            |           `--Embiophila [Embiophilinae] R00
            |                `--E. africana [=Acladina africana] R00
            |         Medocostidae CGW91
            |--+--Anthocoridae G75
            |  `--+--Cimicidae G75
            |     `--Polyctenidae G75
            `--+--Darniopseinae SP02 [Velocipedidae G75]
               `--Nabidae GE05
                    |  i. s.: Arachnocoris GE05
                    |         Reduviolus B27
                    |           |--R. biformis Bergroth 1927 B27
                    |           |--R. capsiformis [incl. R. saundersi] B27
                    |           |--R. maoricus B27
                    |           |--R. maracandicus B27
                    |           `--R. quadripunctatus Bergroth 1927 B27
                    |--Prostemmatinae CGW91
                    |    |--Phorticus CGW91
                    |    |--Prostemma H01
                    |    |    |--P. guttula H01
                    |    |    `--P. sanguineum H01
                    |    `--Alloeorrhynchus CGW91
                    |         |--A. flavipes WP99
                    |         |--A. flavolimbatus B27
                    |         |--A. myersi Bergroth 1927 B27
                    |         `--A. queenslandicus WEE74
                    `--Nabinae CGW91
                         |--Gorpis [Gorpinae] CGW91
                         |    `--G. cribraticollis Stal 1859 K08
                         |--Arbela telomi CGW91
                         |--Stenonabis CGW91
                         `--Nabis Latreille 1802 L02
                              |  i. s.: N. brevis H01
                              |         N. capsiformis CGW91
                              |         N. ferus H01
                              |         N. flavomarginatus H01
                              |         N. guttula [=Reduvius guttula] L02
                              |         N. limbatus H01
                              |         N. myrmicoides BM76
                              |         N. rugosus BM76
                              |         N. vagans [=Miris vagans] L02
                              `--N. (Tropiconabis) M83
                                   |--N. (T.) kinbergii M83
                                   `--N. (T.) maoricus M83

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[WP99] Walter, D. E., & H. C. Proctor. 1999. Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. CABI Publishing: Wallingford (UK).

[WEE74] Woodward, T. E., V. F. Eastop & J. W. Evans. 1974. Hemiptera (bugs, leafhoppers, etc.) In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers. Supplement 1974 pp. 52–57. Melbourne University Press.

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