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Genus Melacoryphus

Bug - Melacoryphus lateralis Lygaeid Seed Bug - Melacoryphus lateralis bug - Melacoryphus lateralis Melacoryphus lateralis (Dallas) - Melacoryphus lateralis Melacoryphus? - Melacoryphus lateralis Seed Bug in Phoenix - Melacoryphus lateralis Red and Black - Melacoryphus lateralis Melacoryphus lateralis
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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Lygaeinae
Genus Melacoryphus
Explanation of Names
Melacoryphus Slater 1988
Numbers
7 spp. in our area, 10 total(1)
Size
5-9 mm(1)
Range
mostly nearctic, with 3 spp. ranging into so. Mexico(1)
Remarks
A very difficult area in lygaeoid systematics. M. rubicollis has been often misidentified as M. lateralis, which is a widespread common species in the central and w. US. The sympatric lateralis has more extensive red coloration extending along the sides of the corium and on the pronotum. Brailovsky has described a bunch of species that may be M. lateralis, as it is very variable." (M.H. Sweet, pers. comm. to =v=)
Print References
Slater J.A. (1988) Zoogeography of West Indian Lygaeidae (Hemiptera) pp. 38-60. In: Zoogeography of Caribbean Insects J.K. Liebherr (ed.). Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, N.Y.
Works Cited
1.A Genus Level Revision of Western Hemisphere Lygaeinae (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) with Keys to Species
Alex Slater. 1992. University of Kansas Science Bulletin.