Green shield-backed bug Coleotichus costatus, from Brisbane Insects.

Belongs within: Pentatomoidea.

The Scutelleridae, jewel bugs, are a group of mostly shiny and/or brightly coloured shield bugs with a very large scutellum mostly covering the abdomen dorsally, and a hamus (spur-vein) present in the basal cell of the hind wing (Carver et al. 1991). Members include the cotton harlequin bug Tectocoris diophthalmus, a significant pest of cotton bolls.

    |  i. s.: Philia D14
    |           |--P. elegans (Montrouz. 1861) [=Callidea elegans] D14
    |           `--P. senator C70
    |         Chrysocoris sexmaculatus (Leach 1815) [=Scutellera sexmaculata] D14
    |         Peocilocoris B14
    |         Cantao parentum WEE70
    |         Odontoscelis fuliginosa RD77, H01
    |         Homaemus aeneifrons E66
    |--Tetyra Fabricius 1803 [incl. Macraulax Dallas 1851; Tetyrinae] G75
    |    `--T. bipunctatus (Herrich Schaeffer 1839) [=Pachycoris bipunctatus, *Macraulax bipunctatus] G75
    |--Odontotarsinae CGW91
    |    |--Odontotarsus RD77
    |    |--Eurygaster G75
    |    |    |--E. integriceps RD77
    |    |    |--E. maura [incl. E. maura var. picta] H01
    |    |    `--E. nigrocucullatus G75
    |    `--Morbora Distant 1899 G75
    |         |--*M. australis Distant 1899 G75
    |         |--M. hirtula Bergroth 1904 G75
    |         `--M. schoutedeni Bergroth 1904 G75
    |--Elvisurinae CGW91
    |    |--Elvisura G75
    |    |--Solenostethium G75
    |    |--Solenotichus Martin 1897 G75
    |    |    `--S. circuliferus (Walker 1867) [=Sphaerocoris circuliferus; incl. *So. brevipes] G75
    |    |--Austrotichus Gross 1975 G75
    |    |    `--*A. rugosus Gross 1975 G75
    |    `--Coleotichus White 1839 G75
    |         |  i. s.: C. nigrovarius Walker & Schouteden 1905 K08
    |         |         C. sordidus Walker & Schouteden 1904 K08
    |         |--C. (Coleotichus) G75
    |         |    |--*C. (C.) costatus (Fabricius 1787) [=Cimex costatus] G75
    |         |    `--C. (C.) blackburni G75
    |         `--C. (Paracoleotichus) discrepans G75
    |--Tectocoris [Tectocorinae] CGW91
    |    |--T. cyanipes Fabr. 1803 (see below for synonymy) D14
    |    `--T. diophthalmus Kirk 1908 C91, D14
    `--Scutellerinae CGW91
         |--Scutiphora pedicellata CGW91, C91
         |--Lampromicra senator CGW91, C91
         |--Calliphara Germar 1839 G75
         |    |--*C. nobilis (Linnaeus 1763) G75 [=Cimex nobilis G75, Pentatoma nobilis L02]
         |    |--C. imperialis CGW91
         |    `--C. praslinia (Guérin 1830) [=Scutellera praslinia] G75
         |--Scutellera B35
         |    |--S. cyanipoda Boisduval 1835 B35
         |    |--S. lineata G20
         |    |--S. pagana [=Tetyra pagana] B35
         |    `--S. tongae Boisduval 1835 B35
         `--Choerocoris Dallas 1851 G75
              |--*C. paganus (Fabricius 1775) [=Cimex paganus] G75
              `--C. variegatus G75
                   |--C. v. variegatus G75
                   `--C. v. similis Distant 1899 G75

Tectocoris cyanipes Fabr. 1803 [=T. lineola var. cyanipes; incl. T. lineola var. banksi Don 1805, Cimex lineola Fabr. 1781 non Linnaeus 1758, T. lineola, T. lineola var. obliquus Walk. 1867, T. lineola var. tongae Boisd. 1832] D14

*Type species of generic name indicated


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