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Genus Psallovius

Mirid - Psallovius piceicola - male Mirid - Psallovius piceicola Plant Bug - Psallovius piceicola Miridae - Psallovius piceicola
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
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Phylinae
Tribe Phylini
Subtribe Oncotylina
Genus Psallovius
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Henry T., 1999
Numbers
5 species in North America
Identification
Distinguished from other small brown Phylini by the overall shining dark coloration with basal margin of cuneus pale; the slender pale or black antennae; the dorsum and thoracic pleura with evenly distributed, recumbent, silvery white, scale-like setae and reclining, longer, shining, brown, simple setae; the pretarsus with long claws with narrow base, minute pulvilli and long setiform parempodia; and the J-shaped vesica with minutely spinose distal region of the terminal secondary gonopore. (1)
Range
Mostly western states except for piceicola
Habitat
Breeds on conifers such as Abies, Picea, Pinus, and Pseudotsuga. (1)
See Also
Ranzovius Distant - the general appearance and coloration are most similar to those of Ranzovius Distant, but Psallovius differs by the much more slender antennal segment 2, the shorter anterior and ventral portion of the head, and the longer more curved claws. (1)
Works Cited
1.New genera and species of conifer-inhabiting phylinae plant bugs from North America (Heteroptera: Miridae)
Schwartz, Michael D. and Schuh, Randall T. 1999. the New York Entomological Society.