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Leptopodomorpha authority files added to the plant bugs database

posted Apr 24, 2012, 2:49 PM by Chantal-Marie Wright
The valid names of two families of the Leptopodomorpha are now available in the plant bug database authority file.  The names were extracted from Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs, of Canada and the Continental United States, Henry, Thomas J., and Richard C. Froeschner, eds.

Leptopodidae:  Only one species of leptopodids occurs in North America, Patapius spinosus.  This Mediterranean species was first reported in California in 1941; it is now found Nevada as well.  Patapius lives in dry areas such as fields as well as water.

Saldidae:  The saldids live in a wide variety of shore environments, and are called 'shore bugs,' although they can also be found far away from water in dry environments.  They are shy insects and fly or jump away if bothered.

Pentacora ligata (Say, 1832)
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