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Species Ctenotrachelus shermani

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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 Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Stenopodainae
Genus Ctenotrachelus
Species shermani (Ctenotrachelus shermani)
Explanation of Names
Ctenotrachelus shermani Barber 1930
named after Frank Sherman(1)
Size
11-12 mm (NCSU Insect Museum--dead link)
Identification
Quoting from Hoffman (2):
Ctenotrachelus shermani is easily distinguished from species of other regional genera (Oncocephalus, Narvesus, Pygolampis, Stenopoda) of Stenopodainae by the antennal and femoral characters used in Blatchley’s key, but is further set off by the wide separation of the 1st and 2nd pairs of legs and a curious modification of the procoxal acetabulum. The ventral edges of propleura and mesopleura – in the region of their commisure – are flared outward to form a hoodlike covering over the coxal base...
Range
Hoffman (2) gives range as Southeastern US (coastal plain): VA-FL-AL; recent records farther west: Louisiana; Houston, Texas area: BugGuide, iNaturalist
Asquith (3) gives range as "throughout the Gulf Coastal Plain from the southeastern United States to southern Mexico, and Cuba." That source cites specimens from Arkansas and Mississippi, as well as other southeastern states as noted by Hoffman.
Remarks
Type specimen is from Raleigh, NC, and was originally under the incorrect name Schumannia mexicana Champion (2), and this record was listed that way by Brimley (4) with a date of 28 June 1902.
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.
2.Distribution of Ctenotrachelus shermani Barber, an assassin bug new to the fauna of Virginia (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)
R.L. Hoffman. 2004. Banisteria 24: 54-55.
3.New Distribution Records for the Assassin Bugs, Pnirontis brimleyi and Ctenotrachelus shermani (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)
Adam Asquith. 1992. The Florida Entomologist Vol.75, No.1: 155-160 .
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.