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Genus Merocoris

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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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Meropachyinae
Genus Merocoris
Explanation of Names
Merocoris Hahn 1834
3 spp. in our area, all in the subg. Corynocoris Mayr 1866, 8 spp. in 2 subgenera total(1)
subg. Corynocoris across NA, the nominate subg. restricted to S America(1)
our spp.:(2)(3)*
M. curtatus TX-CA-CO
M. distinctus QC-MD-AL to AB-NM
M. typhaeus NY-FL-UT-CA
*there is "an unusual lack of agreement... as to the taxonomic level of the categories within this genus"(3)
Works Cited
1.Livermore L.J.R., Lemaître V.A., Dolling W.R., Webb M.D. Coreoidea species file online. Version 5.0
2.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.