Female Tapinella maculata, copyright Diane Young.

Belongs within: Nanopsocetae.

Tapinella is a widespread genus of barklice most commonly found among dead foliage and leaf litter. Members of the genus have the tarsal claws of each pair similar in form, a T-sclerite in the subgenital plate in females and finely pointed parameres in males (New & Lienhard 2007). Members of the genus may be macropterous or apterous, with both forms known among at least females of the North American T. maculata (Mockford 1993).

Characters (from Mockford 1993): Compound eyes relatively large, reaching relatively straight posterior head margin. Posterior pretarsal claw of each foot slender, same as anterior claw. Subgenital plate with t-shaped sclerite. Ovipositor v2 and v3 not fused together. Phallosome rounded or truncate anteriorly. Male clunium with two slender processes protruding over epiproct.

<==Tapinella Enderlein 1908 [Tapinellinae]L02
    |--*T. formosana Enderlein 1908L02
    |--T. aliena (Banks 1941) [=Psylloneura aliena]M74
    |--T. baliensis Thornton 1984NL07
    |--T. bannana Li 1992L02
    |--T. campanesisS95
    |--T. candidaS95
    |--T. castanea Pearman 1932L98
    |--T. chamelanaS95
    |--T. clypeola Thornton 1984NL07
    |--T. columbiana Badonnel 1986B86
    |--T. curvata Badonnel 1955B55
    |--T. curvatoides Smithers 1995NL07
    |--T. dichromopteraS95
    |--T. fasciataS95
    |--T. francescaS95
    |--T. fuscaS95
    |--T. gammaS95
    |--T. glyptopsS95
    |--T. huangi Li 2002L02
    |--T. levukaS95
    |--T. maculata Mockford & Gurney 1956M93
    |--T. madagascariensisS95
    |--T. marianaS95
    |--T. nebulosa Vaughan, Thornton & New 1991NL07
    |--T. olmeca Mockford 1975L02
    |--T. ornaticepsS95
    |--T. picticepsS95
    |--T. pictipenna Thornton, Lee & Chui 1972NL07
    |--T. qutangxiana Li 1997L02
    |--T. spinosa Thornton 1984NL07
    |--T. squamosa Badonnel 1955B55
    |--T. stenomediaS95
    |--T. trilineataS95
    |--T. tuilaS95
    |--T. unicolorataS95
    `--‘Psylloneura’ williamsiMG56

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B55] Badonnel, A. 1955. Psocoptères de l’Angola. Diamang Publicações Culturais 26: 11–267.

[B86] Badonnel, A. 1986. Psocoptères de Colombie (Insecta, Psocoptera). Spixiana 9 (2): 179–223.

[L02] Li F. 2002. Psocoptera of China vol. 1. Science Press: Beijing.

[L98] Lienhard, C. 1998. Faune de France. France et Régions Limitrophes. 83. Psocoptères Euro-Méditerranéens. Fédération Française des Sociétés de Sciences Naturelles: Paris.

[M74] Mockford, E. L. 1974. Records and descriptions of Cuban Psocoptera. Entomologica Americana 48 (2): 103–215.

[M93] Mockford, E. L. 1993. North American Psocoptera (Insecta). Sandhill Crane Press, Inc.

[MG56] Mockford, E. L., & A. B. Gurney. 1956. A review of the psocids, or book-lice and bark-lice, of Texas (Psocoptera). Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 46 (11): 353–368.

[NL07] New, T. R., & C. Lienhard. 2007. The Psocoptera of Tropical South-east Asia. Brill: Leiden.

[S95] Smithers, C. N. 1995. Psocoptera (Insecta) of Christmas Island. Invertebrate Taxonomy 9: 529–561.

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