Diagnosis and Specialized Morphology

Species of Centrocnemidinae are characterized by:
1) antennal pedicel with one trichobothrium
2) four visible labial segments
3) forewing membrane with two elongate cells
4) tuberculate body


Taxonomic History

Currently, 33 species (4 genera) are recognized and can be found from India to the Philippines. This subfamily was revised by Miller in 1956.


Natural History/Biology

Most collected specimens have been located on tree trunks. According to Schuh & Slater (1995), this may suggest that species of Centrocnemidinae might be subcorticolous.



Miller, N.C.E. 1956. Centrocneminae, a new sub-family of the Reduviidae (Hemiptera-Heteroptera). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Entomology 4: 219-283.

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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