Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Emesinae (Thread-legged Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ghinallelia Wygodzinsky, 1966
Explanation of Names
Anagram of another metapterine genus, Ghilianella(1). Before Wygodzinsky erected Ghinallelia, all the species belonged to that genus.
Around 47 species are recognized worldwide with a single species north of Mexico.
Ghinallelia may be separated from Emesaya by the unsegmented protarsi, squared off female terminalia and the lack of wings. Our single species also possesses a distinct clypeal spine. The large size (over 20 mm) distinguishes it from Barce and Pseudometapterus.
This genus is Neotropical on a worldwide scale. In the United States, it is limited to the southeastern states.
Contributed by drswanny on 24 February, 2010 - 2:25pm
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