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Genus Melanopleurus

Melanopleurus belfragei? - Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus belfragei (Stål)  - Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus belfragei (Stål) - Melanopleurus belfragei Red Bug - Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus belfragei? - Melanopleurus belfragei Black heart bug - Melanopleurus Hemiptera 23 - Melanopleurus Worn 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)
4-10 mm(2)
three very similar spp.:
M. belfragei (Stål) CA-TX
M. bicolor (Herrich-Schaeffer) CA-AZ, TX [fig. 17]
M. pyrrhopterus (Stål) w NA [fig. 6]
New World genus with highly endemic ranges scattered from so.-c. Canada and sw. US to Peru & W. Indies(2)
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.