Diagnosis and Specialized Morphology

Species of Physoderinae are characterized by:
1) tuberculate body with spatulate setae
2) elongate head with small compound eyes that are far from the anterior margin of the pronotum
3) labial segment 3 very long and straight
4) forewing membrane with 2 cells
5) absence of fossula spongiosa

Taxonomic History

The subfamily status of Physoderinae was established by Miller (1954).

Natural History/Biology

About 38 species (12 genera) have been described, most of which occur in the Indo-west Pacific area (Schuh & Slater 1995); the species Cryptophysoderes fairchildi Wygodzinsky & Maldonado has been described from Panama. Specimens of the subfamily have been found in caves, hollow trees, vegetable debris, and at the bases of banana and Pandanus leaves (Schuh & Slater 1995).

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Miller, N.C.E. 1954. New genera and species of Reduviidae from Indonesia and the description of a new subfamily (Hemiptera-Heteroptera). Tijdschr. Entomol. 97: 76-114.

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