Holotype of Metagerra truncata, from Landcare Research.

Belongs within: Panheteroptera.

The Rhyparochromidae are a group of bugs that mostly feed on ripe seeds that have dropped to the ground (Carver et al. 1991).

Characters (from Carver et al. 1991, as Rhyparochrominae): Suture between sternite 4 and sternite 5 curving forward laterally and not attaining lateral margins of abdomen; trichobothria usually present on head.

    |--Forsterocoris stewartensis Malipatil 1977 L02
    |--Stizocephalus brevirostris Eyles 1970 L02
    |--Truncala insularis Malipatil 1977 L02
    |--Woodwardiana paparia Malipatil 1977 L02
    |--Udeocoris levis Eyles 1971 L02
    |--Pachybrachius nigriceps WFS04
    |--Millerocoris L02
    |    |--M. conus (Eyles 1967) [=Eminocoris conus] L02
    |    `--M. ductus Eyles 1967 L02
    |--Geratarma L02
    |    |--G. eylesi Malipatil 1977 L02
    |    `--G. manapourensis Malipatil 1977 L02
    |--Metagerra L02
    |    |--M. angusta Eyles 1967 L02
    |    |--M. kaikourica Eyles 1967 L02
    |    |--M. obscura White 1878 [incl. M. distincta Eyles 1967] L02
    |    `--M. truncata Malipatil 1976 L02
    `--Rhyparochromus E12
         |--R. flavipes Lucas 1847 E12
         |--R. impressicollis Lucas 1847 E12
         |--R. luctuosus Lucas 1847 E12
         |--R. marginicollis Lucas 1847 E12
         |--R. punctatus Lucas 1847 E12
         `--R. puncticollis Lucas 1847 E12

*Type species of generic name indicated


Carver, M., G. F. Gross & T. E. Woodward. 1991. Hemiptera. In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia, 2nd ed., vol. 1, pp. 429-509. Melbourne University Press.

[E12] Evenhuis, N. L. 2012. Publication and dating of the Exploration Scientifique de l'Algérie: Histoire Naturelle des Animaux Articulés (1846–1849) by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas. Zootaxa 3448: 1–61.

[L02] Larivière, M.-C. 2002. Primary types of Heteroptera in the New Zealand Arthropod Collection: Pentatomomorpha described from New Zealand before the year 2000. New Zealand Entomologist 25: 79-85.

[WFS04] Winks, C. J., S. V. Fowler & L. A. Smith. 2004. Invertebrate fauna of boneseed, Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. monilifera (L.) T. Norl. (Asteraceae: Calenduleae), an invasive weed in New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist 27: 61-72.

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