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Genus Melanopleurus

Black heart bug - Melanopleurus tenor Redcoat Seed Bug - Melanopleurus belfragei Mating bugs? - Melanopleurus fuscosus - male - female seed bug - Melanopleurus tenor Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus Arizona True Bug - Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus ? - Melanopleurus
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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Lygaeinae
Genus Melanopleurus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
most spp. treated as Melanopleurus in (1) have been moved to Melacoryphus(2)
Explanation of Names
Melanopleurus Stål 1874
3 spp. in our area(3), ~20 total(2)
9 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
4-10 mm(2)
mostly sw US (BG data)
New World genus with highly endemic ranges scattered from so.-c. Canada and sw. US to Peru & W. Indies(2)
our spp.:
M. belfragei (Stål) CA-TX
M. bicolor (Herrich-Schaeffer) CA-AZ, TX [fig. 17]
M. pyrrhopterus (Stål) w NA [fig. 6]
Print References
Brailovsky, H. (1977) Una nueva especie del género Melanopleurus Stal (Hemiptera-Heteroptera-Lyageidae-Lygaeinae) de California, Estados Unidos de Norteamerica. An. Inst. Bio. Univ. Nal. Auton. de Mexico 1: 129–132.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.A Genus Level Revision of Western Hemisphere Lygaeinae (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) with Keys to Species
Alex Slater. 1992. University of Kansas Science Bulletin.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.