Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Aenictopecheidae

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 Enicocephalomorpha (Unique-headed Bugs)
Family Aenictopecheidae
7 spp. in 5 genera in our area(1), ~20 spp. in 10 genera worldwide, many taxa yet to be described(2)
Our fauna(1):
Alienates (12 described + several undescribed spp., AZ thru C. America + FL & West Indies): A. barberi Kritsky 1981 (AZ), A. insularis Barber 1953 (Fla. Keys & Bahamas)
Hymenocoris (3 spp., sw. US & Mexico): H. formicina Uhler 1892 (so. AZ & c. CA to Baja), H. hintoni Kritsky (CA & Mexico)
Brevidorsus (monotypic): B. arizonensis Kritsky 1977 (so. AZ & Mexico)
Lysenicocephalus (2 described spp., TX & Baja): L. chemsaki Wygodsinksy & Schmidt 1991 (TX)
Urnacephala (monotypic): U. californica Wygodsinksy & Schmidt 1991 (CA)
New World + Old World tropics
Works Cited
1.Revision of the New World Enicocephalomorpha (Heteroptera)
Wygodzinsky, P.W. and K. Schmidt. 1991. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History ; no. 200.
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.