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Species Phymata pacifica

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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 Phymatinae (Ambush Bugs)
Genus Phymata (Jagged Ambush Bugs)
Species pacifica (Phymata pacifica)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phymata pacifica Evans, 1931
Explanation of Names
Species epithet probably refers to the western range of the species.
Three subspecies, two in the United States (P. p. pacifica and P. p. stanfordi) and one in Baja California, Mexico (P. p. hainesi).
6-8 mm
This is one of only three species recorded from California. Phymata salicis has the abdominal outline rounded whereas in P. pacifica the posterolateral connexival angles are more salient. Phymata arctostaphylae has the fourth connexival segment more conspicuously dilated and a rosy abdominal venter.

Although P. americana is not known from California, it is known from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The connexival segments of P. americana may be less salient than in P. pacifica but P. americana is a huge complex with lots of variation and if it is shown that this species occurs in California, it may be difficult to separate from P. pacifica.
In the United States, it is restricted to California(1). This species is also known from Baja California, Mexico (Kormilev, 1960).
Print References
Kormilev, N. A. 1960. Revision of Phymatinae (Hemiptera, Phymatidae). The Philippine Journal of Science, 89: 287-489.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.