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Family Leptopodidae - Spiny-Legged Bugs

Patapius spinosus Patapius spinosus Patapius spinosus Patapius spinosus Rock Bugs - Patapius spinosus Bark louse? - Patapius spinosus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Leptopodomorpha
Family Leptopodidae (Spiny-Legged Bugs)
Numbers
A single (adventive) species in our area(1)(2), ~40 spp. in 10 genera worldwide(3)
Range
worldwide(3); in our area, w. US to ID-TX(2)(3)(Brothers 1979)
Habitat
most live along streams and other wet areas, but our species (the adventive Patapius spinosus) can be found far from water in semiarid conditions(3)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. The Canadian Entomologist 138: 24-51.
3.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.