Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microtominae Schumacher, 1924 (1859)
Hammacerinae Stål, 1859
Hammatocerinae Stål, 1862
Explanation of Names
Type genus: Microtomus Illiger, 1807
Two genera, 19 species in the subfamily worldwide. Homalocoris Perty (8 spp.) and Microtomus Illiger (11 spp.).
The subfamily is characterized by the minute pseudosegments of the second antennomere and the eyes being placed on the posterior margin of the head with the ocelli in between the eyes. The species are generally dark with setigerous granules densely distributed about the body and pale markings on the hemelytra.
This is a strictly New World subfamily with the members occuring as far north as the southern portion of the midwestern United States and reaching all through Central and South America to Argentina.
Very little is known about the life history of these insects though members of the genus Microtomus are known to occur under the bark of dead trees.
Many current authors use the name Hammacerinae for the group even though the reversion is unjustified and incorrect.
Revision of Mexican fauna(1)