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Family Ceratocombidae

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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)
Family Ceratocombidae
Numbers
4 spp. in 2 genera in our area, >50 spp. in 8 genera worldwide(1)
Size
0.75-1.7 mm(2)
Identification
Antennal segments 3 and 4 quite hairy or bristle-covered.
Range
mostly tropical(1); in our area, TBA
Habitat
under litter along water margins(2)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.