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Species Apiomerus spissipes

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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 Harpactorinae
Genus Apiomerus
No Taxon (crassipes species group)
Species spissipes (Apiomerus spissipes)
Explanation of Names
Apiomerus spissipes (Say 1825)
spissipes = 'compact foot'
♂♂ 14.1-16.6 mm, ♀♀ 14.2-17.4 mm
Regarding members of the crassipes group, it is sympatric with A. crassipes, A. cazieri, and A. montanus although the blackish coloration separates A. crassipes and A. montanus. A. cazieri is separated by its smaller size.
It is also sympatric with A. flaviventris, from with it may be differentiated by the male and female genitalia as well as the bright coloring especially of the (bright yellow) abdominal venter of A. flaviventris.
c. US (AB-AZ to ND-AL) - Map (1)(2)
exhibits a high degree of polychromatism(3)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the crassipes and pictipes species groups of Apiomerus Hahn (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae)
Berniker L., Szerlip S., Forero D., Weirauch C. 2011. Zootaxa 2949: 1–113.
2.Noteworthy records of orthopteroid and hemipteroid insects from southwestrn Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta
Larson D.J. 2014. Ent. Soc. Sask. 33(2): 10-14.
3.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.