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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomorpha
Superfamily: Pentatomoidea
Family: Corimelaenidae
Subfamily: Thyreocorinae
Amyot & Serville, 1843
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The Thyreocorinae (formerly Thyreocoridae at the family level) are a subfamily of shield bugs, known by common names that include negro bugs or ebony bugs.[1] Some classifications placed them as a subfamily within the broad family Cydnidae; however, Cydnidae now has a more restricted formulation, and the Thyreocorinae are now placed within the Corimelaenidae.[2] They were formerly recognized at the family level as Thyreocoridae by the classifications of Henry & Froeschner[3] and Rider.[4]


There has been disagreement about which genera belong in the Thyreocorinae/Thyreocoridae.[2][5][6]

Generally accepted[edit]

Sometimes excluded[edit]


  1. ^ "Cydnidae". Discover Life. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  2. ^ a b Grazia, Jocelia; Schuh, Randall T. and Wheeler, Ward C. (2008). "Phylogenetic relationships of family groups in Pentatomoidea based on morphology and DNA sequences (Insecta: Heteroptera)" (PDF). Cladistics 24 (6): 932–976. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00224.x. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Henry, Thomas J. and Froeschner, Richard C., ed. (1988). Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs, of Canada and the Continental United States. New York: E. J. Brill. p. 699. ISBN 0-916846-44-X. 
  4. ^ Rider, David (2006). "Pentatomoidea Home Page". North Dakota State University. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Dolling, W. R. (1981). "A rationalized classification of the burrower bugs (Cydnidae)". Systematic entomology 6 (1): 61–76. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.1981.tb00016.x. 
  6. ^ Ahmad, Imtiaz and McPherson, J. E. (1990). "Male genitalia of the type species of Corimelaena White, Galgupha Amyot and Serville, and Cydnoides Malloch (Hemiptera: Cydnidae: Corimelaeninae) and their bearing on classification". Annals of the Entomological Society of America 83 (2): 162–170.