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Infraorder Dipsocoromorpha - Litter Bugs

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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 Dipsocoromorpha (Litter Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
phylogenetics discussed in(1)
Numbers
6 spp. in 3 genera in our area, ~340 spp. in ~60 genera of 5 families worldwide; the number of undescribed spp. is enormous(2)
Size
0.5-4 mm(2)
Range
mostly tropical(2)
Habitat
rotting wood, water margins, ground litter layer(2)
Food
predatory
Works Cited
1.Litter bugs exposed – phylogenetic relationships of Dipsocoromorpha (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) based on molecular data
Weirauch C., Štys P. 2014. Insect Systematics and Evolution 45: 351–370.
2.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.