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Genus Saica

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 Saicinae
Genus Saica
Pronunciation
SAY-kuh
Explanation of Names
Saica Amyot & Serville 1843
"From Arabic, Latinized shaica, thorny” (Amyot & Serville 1843)
Numbers
2 spp. in our area(1) although S. apicalis is only known from one record in so. TX and may not actually occur in the US
Size
S. elkinsi 7-9 mm, S. apicalis 13-14 mm
Identification
Saica may be separated from Pseudosaica in having the process of the lower anterior pronotal angle acute to subacute, the second antennomere subequal to one-half the length of the scape, the process of the male pygophore bifurcate, and the posterior margin of the seventh female sternite vertical to subvertical.
Pseudosaica has the process of the lower anterior pronotal angles subconical, the second antennomere subequal to one-third the length of the scape, the process of the male pygophore with a single erect barbless spine and the posterior margin of the seventh female sternite sloping ventrad (Blinn 1990, 1994, 2008)
Range
so. US to South America