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Genus Zeluroides

Pale assassin - Zeluroides americanus - male Black light 2 - Zeluroides americanus Brown Bug - Zeluroides americanus Zeluroides americanus? - Zeluroides americanus
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 Reduviinae
Genus Zeluroides
Explanation of Names
Zeluroides Lent & Wygodzinsky 1948
Genus Zelurus + Greek eidos or oides, form of, resemblence. “In our key (LENT & WYGODZINSKY, 1947) the species of Zeluroides will run to Zelurus Hahn. They differ from the species of this genus by the granulation of the head and thorax, the minute tubercles of the ventral segments, and the very distinctive characters of the male and female” (Lent & Wygodzinsky 1948).
2 spp. with 5 ssp. total, 1 ssp. in the United States
18-21 mm
Of the three reduviine genera in the United States, this is the only one with reduced submedian tubercles on the anterior pronotal lobe (unarmed in Reduvius and Pseudozelurus)
North American, restricted to the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Print References
Lent H., Wygodzinsky P. (1948) On two new genera of American “Reduviinae,” with a key and notes on others (Reduviidae, Hemiptera). Revista Brasileira de Biologia, 8: 43-55.