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Rhyparochromus vulgaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily: Lygaeoidea
Family: Rhyparochromidae
Amyot and Serville, 1843 [1]


The Rhyparochromidae are a large family of true bugs (order Hemiptera), many of which are commonly referred to as seed bugs. The family includes two subfamilies, 368 genera, and over 1,800 species.[2]

Rhyparochromidae are small and generally brown or mottled. The fore femora are often enlarged.

The name Rhyparochromidae comes from the Greek words rhyparos, meaning "dirt", and chromus, meaning "color".

The Rhyparochromidae were previously classified as a subfamily of Lygaeidae.

Incomplete list of genera[edit]

Tribe Drymini

Tribe Lethaeini

Tribe Antillocorini

Tribe Rhyparochromini

Tribe Ozophorini

Tribe Myodochini

Tribe Megalonotini

Tribe Plinthisini

Tribe Udeocorini


  1. ^ "Rhyparochromidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ "Rhyparochromidae". Australian Government: Department of the Environment and Heritage. 2002-02-15.