The valid names of the family Pentatomidae are now added to the plant bug database authority file and are available in the name lists useful in digitization. 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. Luckily, ITIS also used this same catalog for their authority list! Questions arising during digitization concerning taxon names can now be answered by referring to the ITIS list online. Discovering that ITIS used the same catalog hopefully will facilitate upload of many of the non-mirid heteropetera to the plant bugs database.
Pentatomids are commonly known as stink bugs or shield bugs. They are recognized easily because of their distinctive trapezoidal body shape. These immature Coleotichus blackburniae were photographed in Hawaii by Forest and Kim Starr and made available through morphbank.net
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