Green shield-backed bug Coleotichus costatus, from Brisbane Insects.

Belongs within: Pentatomoidea.

The Scutelleridae, jewel bugs, are a group of mostly shiny and/or brightly coloured shield bugs with a very large scutellum mostly covering the abdomen dorsally, and a hamus (spur-vein) present in the basal cell of the hind wing (Carver et al. 1991). Members include the cotton harlequin bug Tectocoris diophthalmus, a significant pest of cotton bolls. The Elvisurinae are large brown or grey species with strongly sulcate thoracic sterna (Gross 1975).

    |  i. s.: PhiliaD14
    |           |--P. elegans (Montrouz. 1861) [=Callidea elegans]D14
    |           `--P. senatorC70
    |         Chrysocoris sexmaculatus (Leach 1815) [=Scutellera sexmaculata]D14
    |         PeocilocorisB14
    |         Cantao parentumWEE70
    |         Odontoscelis fuliginosaRD77, H01
    |         Homaemus aeneifronsE66
    |--Tetyra Fabricius 1803 [incl. Macraulax Dallas 1851; Tetyrinae]G75
    |    `--T. bipunctatus (Herrich Schaeffer 1839) [=Pachycoris bipunctatus, *Macraulax bipunctatus]G75
    |--Tectocoris [Tectocorinae]CGW91
    |    |--T. cyanipes Fabr. 1803 (see below for synonymy)D14
    |    `--T. diophthalmus Kirk 1908C91, D14
    |    |--OdontotarsusRD77
    |    |--EurygasterG75
    |    |    |--E. integricepsRD77
    |    |    |--E. maura [incl. E. maura var. picta]H01
    |    |    `--E. nigrocucullatusG75
    |    `--Morbora Distant 1899G75
    |         |--*M. australis Distant 1899G75
    |         |--M. hirtula Bergroth 1904G75
    |         `--M. schoutedeni Bergroth 1904G75
    |    |--ElvisuraG75
    |    |--SolenostethiumG75
    |    |--Solenotichus Martin 1897G75
    |    |    `--S. circuliferus (Walker 1867) [=Sphaerocoris circuliferus; incl. *So. brevipes]G75
    |    |--Austrotichus Gross 1975G75
    |    |    `--*A. rugosus Gross 1975G75
    |    `--Coleotichus White 1839G75
    |         |  i. s.: C. nigrovarius Walker & Schouteden 1905K08
    |         |         C. sordidus Walker & Schouteden 1904K08
    |         |--C. (Coleotichus)G75
    |         |    |--*C. (C.) costatus (Fabricius 1787) [=Cimex costatus]G75
    |         |    `--C. (C.) blackburniG75
    |         `--C. (Paracoleotichus) discrepansG75
         |--Scutiphora pedicellataCGW91, C91
         |--Lampromicra senatorCGW91, C91
         |--Calliphara Germar 1839G75
         |    |--*C. nobilis (Linnaeus 1763)G75 [=Cimex nobilisG75, Pentatoma nobilisL02]
         |    |--C. imperialisCGW91
         |    `--C. praslinia (Guérin 1830) [=Scutellera praslinia]G75
         |--Choerocoris Dallas 1851G75
         |    |--*C. paganus (Fabricius 1775) [=Cimex paganus]G75
         |    `--C. variegatusG75
         |         |--C. v. variegatusG75
         |         `--C. v. similis Distant 1899G75
              |--S. cyanipoda Boisduval 1835B35
              |--S. fuliginosaR26
              |--S. globusR26
              |--S. lineataG20
              |--S. nigrolineataR26
              |--S. pagana [=Tetyra pagana]B35
              `--S. tongae Boisduval 1835B35

Tectocoris cyanipes Fabr. 1803 [=T. lineola var. cyanipes; incl. T. lineola var. banksi Don 1805, Cimex lineola Fabr. 1781 non Linnaeus 1758, T. lineola, T. lineola var. obliquus Walk. 1867, T. lineola var. tongae Boisd. 1832]D14

*Type species of generic name indicated


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