Fulvius sp., copyright S. Cresswell.

Belongs within: Cimicomorpha.
Contains: OrthotylinaePhytocoris, Phylinae, Bryocorinae, Mirinae.

The Miridae are a diverse family of true bugs including both phytophagous and carnivorous species. They can be distinguished from most other bug families by the presence of a cuneus in the forewing, together with a four-segmented labium (Carver et al. 1991). They also generally lack ocelli though some authors would include the ocelli-bearing Isometopinae as a basal subfamily.

The subfamily Cylapinae includes species believed to be mycetophagous; members of the Cylapinae and Psallopinae possess a subapical tooth on the tarsal claws. Psallopinae have two-segmented tarsi and a single cell in the wing membrane, and lack a rounded pronotal collar. Members of the Mirinae, Bryocorinae, Phylinae and Orthotylinae possess pulvilli or pseudopulvilli in association with the claws. Deraeocorinae lack both subapical claw-teeth and pulvilli though the claws may possess teeth basally. The Mirinae and Deraeocorinae are united by the presence of a secondary gonopore in the male and similar genitalia in the female (Carver et al. 1991).

Characters (from Carver et al. 1991): Length 2-6 mm long; ocelli usually absent (except in Isometopinae); mesofemoral and metafemoral trichobothria present; forewing with cuneus (except in some brachypters), 1 or 2 cells in forewing membrane; abdomen without ventral trichobothria; specialised male and female genitalia.

<==Miridae [Capsidae]
    |--PsallopsCGW91 [PsallopinaeW79]
          |  `--MirinaeW79
               |  i. s.: Peritropis listeri (Izzard 1936)MC13, JG19 [=Cylapofulvius listeriJG19]
               |--Bakeriola [Bothriomirini]CGW91
               |--Fulvius [Fulviini]CGW91
Miridae incertae sedis:
  Chaetedus reuterianusM83
    |--H. genistaeH01
    `--H. tibialisA71
  Asciodema obsoletumA71
  Diomocoris russatusWFS04
  Chinamiris nigrifronsWFS04
    |--C. hilareS54
    |--C. instabileS54
    |--C. mendosumS54
    |--C. oberthuriS54
    |--C. pernixS54
    `--C. rubricum Seidenstücker 1954S54
    |--Termatophyloides [Termatophylini]CGW91
    |--Deraeocoris Kirschbaum 1855GM79 [incl. Estuidus Distant 1904G34a, GM79; Deraeocorini]
    |    |--D. brevisG01
    |    `--D. signatusCGW91
         |--Trilaccus nigroruberCGW91
    |--R. argenteus Girault 1934G34b
    |--R. importunitasG34a
    |--R. liebknechti Girault 1934G34a
    |--R. pulcher Girault 1934G34a
    `--R. seminigricaput Girault 1934G34b
    |--P. australisG34a
    `--P. semiflavifemur Girault 1934G34a
  Rhinomiridius bioculatus Girault 1934G34a
  Orectoderus obliquusBM76
    |--N. doddiK08
    |--N. elongataK09
    |--N. erratica [incl. N. erratica var. ochracea]H01
    `--N. pacifica Kirkaldy 1908K08
    |--L. dolabrata [incl. L. dolabrata var. aurantiaca]H01
    `--L. ferrugataH01
  Lopus gothicus (Linnaeus 1758)H01, L49 (see below for synonymy)
    |--A. annulicornisH01
    |--A. lineolatus [incl. A. chenopodii]H01
    |--A. quadripunctatusH01
    |--A. reicheliH01
    |--A. seticornisH01
    `--A. triannulatus [incl. A. triannulatus var. nigriceps]H01
    |--P. cognatusH01
    |--P. unifasciatusH01
    `--P. vulneratusH01
    |--P. nigritaH01
    `--P. pekinensis Horváth 1901H01
  Camptobrochis lutescensH01
  Rhopalotomus ater [incl. R. ater var. tyrannus]H01
    |--A. montandoniH01
    `--A. pumilus Horváth 1901H01
  Systellonotus triguttatusH01
  Myrmecophyes alboornatusH01
  Anapus longicornisH01
  Euryopocoris nitidusH01
  Orthocephalus vittipennisH01
  Strongylocoris leucocephalusH01
  Criocoris quadrimaculatusH01
    `--Ibiaris Horváth & Reut. in Horváth 1901H01
         `--*I. discretus Horváth & Reut. in Horváth 1901H01
  Isometopinae [Isometopidae]CGW91
    |--Eurocrypha thanatochlamysCGW91
    `--Letaba bedfordiRD77
  Nesocrypha Kirkaldy 1908K08
    `--*N. corticicola Kirkaldy 1908K08
  Hyaloscytus elegantulus Reuter 1904 [incl. H. elegantulus var. filicicola Kirkaldy 1908]K08
  Tichorhinus vitiensis Kirkaldy 1908K08
  Nesosylphas Kirkaldy 1908K08
    `--*N. pacifica Kirkaldy 1908K08
    |--Nesodaphne Kirkaldy 1908K08
    |    `--*N. knowlesi Kirkaldy 1908K08
         |--C. capillaris [=Phytocoris capillaris; incl. C. tricolor, C. vanicus]L49
         |--C. minutus Lucas 1847E12
         |--C. pilosusL49
         `--C. rugicollis Lucas 1847E12
    |--T. aldrichi (Izzard 1936) [=Lygus aldrichi]JG19
    `--T. murrayi (Izzard 1936) [=Lygus murrayi]JG19
  Fushunimiris Hong 2002H02
    `--*F. eocenica Hong 2002H02
  ‘Noliphus’ ruficollis Walker 1871D01
  Cremnocephalus albolineatusR13
  Blepharidopterus angulatusRD77
  Plesiocoris rugicollisRD77
  Sahlbergella singularisRD77
  Distantiella theobromaRD77
  Neurocolpus arizonaeE66
  Macrolophus pygmaeusCK15
  Pseudopsallus lattiniYR12
  Heterotoma spissicornis [=Capsus spissicornis]L49

Lopus gothicus (Linnaeus 1758)H01, L49 [=Cimex (Seticornis) gothicusL49, L58, Capsus gothicusL49, Phytocoris gothicusL49]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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