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Species Rhynocoris ventralis

Assassin bug? If so, what kind? - Rhynocoris ventralis Rhynocoris ventralis? - Rhynocoris ventralis Assassin Bug - Rhynocoris ventralis predatory bug - Rhynocoris ventralis harpactorini? - Rhynocoris ventralis harpactorini? - Rhynocoris ventralis Rhynocoris ventralis? - Rhynocoris ventralis Assassin Bug - Rhynocoris ventralis
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 Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Rhynocoris
Species ventralis (Rhynocoris ventralis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Reduvius ventralis Say 1832, Harpactor americanus Bergroth 1897
Explanation of Names
Rhynocoris ventralis (Say 1832)
Numbers
4 subspecies with 3 isolated to the west coast
Size
10-15 mm
Identification
For separation from Apiomerus, see the genus page. R. ventralis is easily separated from R. leucospilus by range (latter a Palearctic species known in NA only from Sitka, Alaska) and by the red or testaceous coloration of the hemelytra (completely black in R. leucospilus).
Range
BC-MB in Canada(1); transcontinental in the United States
Remarks
The four subspecies were included by Henry & Froeschner(2) but listed as synonyms in(3), with no explanation in either case. In most instances, the subspecies are easy to separate and little gradation seems to occur. Still, the unresolved nature of this complex necessitates caution in the identification of these insects beyond species level.
See Also
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Systematic catalogue of the Reduviidae of the world (Insecta: Heteroptera)
Maldonado Capriles J. 1990. University of Puerto Rico, Mayagu╠łez, x+694 pp.