Diagnosis and Specialized Morphology

Species of Stenopodainae are characterized by:

  1. large pentagonal or hexagonal cell on corium and with 2 adjacent cells on membrane
  2. antenniferous tubercles sometimes produced strongly anteriorly
  3. antennal scapus elongate and well-developed with remaining segments slender and folded back against scapus


Taxonomic History

Taxonomic history for this subfamily is being reviewed.


Natural History/Biology

About 110 genera of Stenopodainae have been described, and most occur in the tropics (Schuh & Slater 1995). Most species are found on soil, often covered with soil or sand (Schuh & Slater 1995). Male specimens are more commonly collected a lights than females, suggesting that species may be nocturnal although no direct evidence is known (Schuh & Slater 1995).



Schuh, R.T., Slater, J.A. 1995. True Bugs of the World (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): Classification and Natural History. Comstock Pub. Associates, Ithaca. 336 pp.

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