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Reduviidae - Rhynocoris rubricus.JPG
Rhynocoris rubricus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Harpactorinae
Tribe: Harpactorini
Genus: Rhynocoris
Hahn, 1834

See Text

  • Scotarpax Amyot, 1846
  • Rhinocoris Kolenati, 1857 (Lapsus calami)
  • Charontus Stål, 1874
  • Chirillus Stål, 1874
  • Diphymus Stål, 1874
  • Harpiscus Stål, 1874
  • Hypertolmus Stål, 1874
  • Lamphrius Stål, 1874
  • Oncauchenius Stål, 1874
  • Coranideus Reuter, 1881
Rhynocoris annulatus looking for prey

Rhynocoris (historically often misspelled as "Rhinocoris"[1]) is a genus of assassin bug, family (Reduviidae), in the subfamily Harpactorinae.

Species of this genus are noted for providing parental care of offspring. Parental care is unusual in subsocial insects, having only evolved six times in the Heteroptera. R. tristis for example, is well known for guarding egg masses.[2]

Life history[edit]

Rhynocoris kumarii is known to prey upon the larvae of Euproctis fraterna (Moore).[3]

Partial list of Species[edit]



  1. ^ Parker, A.H. (1969). The predatory and reproductive bahvious of Rhinocoris bicolor and R. tropicus (HEMIPTERA: REDUVIIDAE). Ent. Exp. & Appl. 12: 107-117
  2. ^ Beal, Christy A. & Tallamy, Douglas W. (July 2006). "A new record of amphisexual care in an insect with exclusive paternal care: Rhynocoris tristis (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)". Journal of Ethology. 24 (3): 305–307. doi:10.1007/s10164-005-0190-2. 
  3. ^ Ambrose,  Dunston P.; Rajan,  S. Jesu & Raja,  J. Micheal (2008). "Functional response of Rhynocoris kumarii Ambrose and Livingstone and normal and synergy-505 exposed Rhynocoris marginatus (Fab.) to larva of Euproctis fraterna (Moore)". Indian Journal of Entomology. 70 (3): 206–216. 
  4. ^ Ambrose, Dunston P. & Livingstone, David (1986). "A new species of Rhynocoris (Fabricius) from southern India (Heteroptera-Reduviidae-Harpactorinae)". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 83 (1): 173–177.