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Subfamily Microtominae

Reduviid - Microtomus purcis Assassin - Microtomus purcis - Microtomus purcis Butterfly Beetle - Microtomus purcis Microtomus purcis - female Homalocoris? Maybe H. erythrogaster? - Homalocoris - male Male, Homalocoris? Maybe H. erythrogaster? - Homalocoris erythrogaster - male Homalocoris erythrogaster? - Homalocoris erythrogaster Homalocoris? Maybe H. erythrogaster? - Homalocoris erythrogaster
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 Microtominae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hammacerinae Stål 1859, Hammatocerinae Stål 1862
Explanation of Names
Microtominae Schumacher 1924 (1859)
Type genus: Microtomus Illiger 1807
19 spp. in 2 genera total
7‒30 mm
The subfamily is characterized by the minute pseudosegments of the second antennomere and the eyes being placed on the posterior margin of the head with the ocelli in between the eyes. The species are generally dark with setigerous granules densely distributed about the body and pale markings on the hemelytra.
New World, southern midwestern US to Argentina
Very little is known about the life history of these insects though members of the genus Microtomus are known to occur under the bark of dead trees.
Many current authors use the name Hammacerinae for the group even though the reversion is unjustified and incorrect.
Print References
Mexican fauna revised in (1)
Works Cited
1.Hemiptera-Heteroptera de México V. Revisión de la subfamilia Hammacerinae (Reduviidae)
H. Brailovsky. 1980. Anales del Instituto de Biología. UNAM. Serie zoología, 51(1): 113-122.