Calphurnioides Distant 1913

Tatarnic, Nikolai J., Wall, Michael A. & Cassis, Gerasimos, 2011, A systematic revision of the Australian ploiarioline thread-legged assassin bugs (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Emesinae), Zootaxa 2762, pp. 1-30: 5

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Calphurnioides Distant 1913


Calphurnioides Distant 1913 

Diagnosis. Recognized by the following combination of characters: head and pronotum shining with sparse silky setae; wool-like pile absent; pterostigma barely surpassing apex of discal cell ( Fig. 3View FIGURE 3); M and Cu basal of discal cell conspicuously dark brown, sometimes connected by a dark brown pigment spot giving the appearance of a subbasal cell; scutellum tuberculate or simple; metanotum with large spine; 2 nd abdominal tergite (1 st visible) simple; two-segmented foretarsi.

Distribution. C alphurnioides is known from tropical Africa and the Seychelles, but is most diverse in southeast Asia and the west Pacific.

Remarks. As currently conceived, Calphurnioides  appears monophyletic with the possible exception of C. gressitti Wygodzinsky. However  , several Australian species of Emesopsis  will key out to Calphurnioides  using Wygodzinsky’s keys due to his reliance on the subquadrate subbasal cell in diagnosing the genus (e.g. Wygodzinsky 1966).