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Species Phymata americana

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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 Phymatinae (Ambush Bugs)
Genus Phymata (Jagged Ambush Bugs)
Species americana (Phymata americana)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1930 by Douglas Melin as Phymata erosa americana.
Numbers
Four subspecies in the United States (americana, coloradensis, metcalfi, and obscura)(1).
Size
7.5-12 mm
Identification
Easiest to separate by the undilated connexival segments which form a more or less smooth margin. This feature is more conspicuous in the males.

In the eastern states, the lack of an ultraconnexivum on the fourth segment and the large size (7-12 mm) leave only P. americana, P. fasciata, and P. pennsylvanica. From the latter two, the undilated margin will separate P. americana. All of these species also occur in the western states.

Among the larger species in the West, it is more difficult to separate from P. borica, P. salicis, and P. pacifica although it is apparently allopatric with respect to the latter.
Range
More or less transcontinentally(1).
Print References
Kormilev, N. A. 1960. Revision of Phymatinae (Hemiptera, Phymatidae). The Philippine Journal of Science 89: 287-489.
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.