Ectobius

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Ectobius
Ectobius pallidus MHNT profil.jpg
Ectobius pallidus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dictyoptera
Suborder: Blattodea
Superfamily: Blaberoidea
Family: Blattellidae
Subfamily: Ectobiinae
Genus: Ectobius
Stephens, 1835
Species

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Ectobius is a genus of cockroaches native to Old World described by Stephens in 1835, belonging to the family Blattellidae, subfamily Ectobiinae.

Ectobius species - Nymph

Species of this genus are mainly present in most of Europe, in eastern Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.

The adult 'cockroaches' reach 6–12 millimetres (0.24–0.47 in) of length, the basic coloration of their body is mostly brown or yellowish, with a clearer margin.

The females are usually bigger than the males and have shorter wings, while in the males wings cover at least the whole abdomen.

Some members of the genus occurred in North America until an estimated 49 million years ago, but the genus was absent from the continent until recent reintroductions of some cool-adapted species in eastern Canada and the eastern United States.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Vršanský, P.; Oružinský, R.; Barna, P.; Vidlička, L'.; Labandeira, C. C. (2014). "Native Ectobius (Blattaria: Ectobiidae) From the Early Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado and Its Reintroduction to North America 49 Million Years Later". Annals of the Entomological Society of America 107 (1): 28–36. doi:10.1603/AN13042. ISSN 0013-8746. 
  • Bohn, H. 1989: Revision of the sylvestris group of Ectobius Stephens in Europe (Blattaria: Blattellidae). Entomologica scandinavica, 20: 317–342
  • Stephens, 1835 : Illustrations of British Entomology. Mandibulata. Baldwin & Cradock, London, vol. VII, p. 1–306.

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