Lethaeus nitidus, from here.

Belongs within: Panheteroptera.

The Rhyparochromidae are a group of bugs characterised by the suture between sternites 4 and 5 on the abdomen curving forward laterally and not attaining the lateral margins; trichobothria are also usually present on the head (Carver et al. 1991). Rhyparochromids mostly feed on ripe seeds that have dropped to the ground. Members of the tribe Cleradini, however, are exceptional in feeding on vertebrate blood. The Lilliputocorini are minute, yellowish brown species found in leaf litter in tropical regions (Carver et al. 1991).

<==Rhyparochromidae [Rhyparochrominae]
    |--Targaremini CGW91
    |--Clerada [Cleradini] CGW91
    |--Lilliputocorini CGW91
    |--Ozophora [Ozophorini] W96
    |    `--O. hohenbergia W96
    |--Udeocorini CGW91
    |    |--Udeocoris levis Eyles 1971 L02
    |    `--Euander lacertosus CGW91
    |--Plinthisus [Plinthisinae, Plinthisini] CGW91
    |    |--P. brevipennis S54
    |    |--P. hungaricus H01
    |    `--P. pusillus S54
    |--Lethaeini CGW91
    |    |--Coleocoris CGW91
    |    |--Carabocoris CGW91
    |    `--Lethaeus D14
    |         |--L. aurantiacus Distant 1914 D14
    |         |--L. lethierryi G89
    |         |--L. nitidus G89
    |         `--L. tenebrosus Distant 1914 D14
    |--Drymini W96
    |    |--Brentiscerus CGW91
    |    |    |--B. australis WEE70
    |    |    `--B. putoni CGW91
    |    `--Eremocoris W96
    |         |--E. borealis W96
    |         |--E. cupressicola W96
    |         |--E. depressus W96
    |         |--E. ferus W96
    |         `--E. setosus W96
    |--Rhyparochromini CGW91
    |    |--Dieuches CGW91
    |    |    |--D. consanguineus G75
    |    |    `--D. notatus MC13
    |    `--Rhyparochromus BM76
    |         |--R. californicus BM76
    |         |--R. chiragra H01
    |         |--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
    `--Myodochini [Myodochidae] CGW91
         |--Pseudopachybrachius guttus CGW91
         |--Horridipamera nietneri CGW91
         |--Remaudiereana nigriceps CGW91
         |--Pyrrhobaphus leucurus K08
         |--Eucosmetus K08
         |--Sinierus vitiensis Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |--Myodocha tipuloides G20
         |--Ninus K08
         |    |--N. stylatus Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |    `--N. subsessilis Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |--Bedunia K08
         |    |--B. insularis K08
         |    `--B. nesiotes Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |--Insulicola Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |    |--I. oceanicus Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |    `--I. pacificus Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |--Paromius CGW91
         |    |--P. gracilis CGW91
         |    |--P. pallidus (Montr. 1865) D14 (see below for synonymy)
         |    `--P. proximus K08
         |--Stalagmostethus K08
         |    |  i. s.: S. mactans Stal 1866 K08
         |    `--S. (Nesostethus Kirkaldy 1908) K08
         |         `--S. (*N.) ornatus Kirkaldy 1908 K08
         |--Orthoea K08
         |    |--O. limbata [=Pamera limbata] K08
         |    |--O. nietneri [=Pamera nietneri] K08
         |    `--O. nigriceps [=Pamera nigriceps] K08
         `--Elasmolomus K08
              |--E. csikii (Horváth 1901) [=Aphanus (Elasmolomus) csikii] H01
              |--E. insularis Kirkaldy 1908 K08
              `--E. v-album [=Aphanus (Elasmolomus) v-album] H01

Rhyparochromidae incertae sedis:
  Forsterocoris stewartensis Malipatil 1977 L02
  Stizocephalus brevirostris Eyles 1970 L02
  Truncala insularis Malipatil 1977 L02
  Woodwardiana paparia Malipatil 1977 L02
  Pachybrachius nigriceps WFS04
  Daerlac G75
    |--D. cephalotes G75
    `--D. tricolor N91
  Zygocoris tindalei G75
  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
  Paradrymus MC13
  Myocara WEE70
  Slaterobius quadristriatus W96
  Scolopostethus atlanticus W96
  Gyndes Stål 1862 KMH20

Paromius pallidus (Montr. 1865) D14 [=Plociomerus pallidus D14; incl. Pl. seychellesus Walker 1872 K08, Paromius seychellosus D14]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BM76] Bohart, R. M., & A. S. Menke. 1976. Sphecid Wasps of the World. University of California Press: Berkeley.

[CGW91] Carver, M., G. F. Gross & T. E. Woodward. 1991. Hemiptera (bugs, leafhoppers, cicadas, aphids, scale insects etc.) In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 1 pp. 429–509. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[D14] Distant, W. L. 1914. Rhynchota from New Caledonia and the surrounding islands. In: Sarasin, F., & J. Roux (eds) Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1 pt 4 pp. 369–390, pls 11–12. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[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.

[G89] Gestro, R. 1889. Viaggio ab Assab nel Mar Rosso dei signori G. Doria ed O. Beccari con il R. Avviso “Esploratore” dal 16 Novembre 1879 al 26 Febbraio 1880.—IV. Coleotteri. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 5–72.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[G75] Gross, G. F. 1975. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera—Part I. Handbook of the Flora and Fauna of South Australia.

[H01] Horváth, G. 1901. Hemipterák [Hemiptera]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 245–274. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[K08] Kirkaldy, G. W. 1908. A catalogue of the Hemiptera of Fiji. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33: 345–391, pl. 4.

[KMH20] Kury, A. B., A. C. Mendes & M. R. Hara. 2020. Gonyassamiinae, Bristoweia, Eopachylus and Project 2559. In: Kury, A. B., A. C. Mendes, L. Cardoso, M. S. Kury & A. A. Granado. WCO-Lite: Online world catalogue of harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones). Version 1.0—Checklist of all valid nomina in Opiliones with authors and dates of publication up to 2018 pp. 60–67. Published by the author: Rio de Janeiro.

[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.

[MC13] Majer, J. D., S. K. Callan, K. Edwards, N. R. Gunawardene & C. K. Taylor. 2013. Baseline survey of the terrestrial invertebrate fauna of Barrow Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 83: 13–112.

[N91] Norris, K. R. 1991. General biology. In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 1 pp. 68–108. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[S54] Seidenstücker, G. 1954. Gulde’s “forma alpina” von Trapezonotus arenarius (Ins. Het. Lygaeidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 35: 101–102.

[W96] Wheeler, A. G., Jr. 1996. Eremocoris depressus Barber: hosts, seasonality, and first New England records of a pine seed specialist (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 98 (4): 767–773.

[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.

[WEE70] Woodward, T. E., J. W. Evans & V. F. Eastop. 1970. Hemiptera (bugs, leafhoppers, etc.) In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers pp. 387–457. Melbourne University Press.

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