Acanthocephala (insect)

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Acanthocephala terminalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Coreidae
Genus: Acanthocephala
Laporte, 1833[1]

Acanthocephala is a genus of true bugs in the family Coreidae.[1] The name is derived from the Greek akanth- meaning "thorn/spine" + kephale meaning "head" This name is in reference to the spine on the front of the head.


There are 27 known species of Acanthocephala:[2]


  1. ^ a b McPherson, J. E., Packauskas, R. J., Sites, R. W., Taylor, S. J., Bundy, C. S., Bradshaw, J. D., Mitchell, P. L. (2011) Review of Acanthocephala (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) of America north of Mexico with a key to species. Zootaxa 2835: 30–40. The full text.
  2. ^ "genus Acanthocephala Laporte, 1833". Coreoidea Species File Online. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 

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