Procleticini Pennington, 1920: 7.
Diagnosis: Juga longer than tylus (except in some Odmalea concolor) and often contiguous in front of tylus. First antennal segment not reaching apex of head. Bucculae lobed posteriorly, each with anterior tooth; first rostral segment not surpassing posterior terminations of bucculae; rostrum usually not reaching beyond metacoxae. Each ostiolar ruga usually reaching middle of metapleuron, usually acuminate apically (except Brepholoxa). Thoracic sterna flat to sulcate. Third (second visible) abdominal sternite usually armed with anteriorly-directed spine (very small in Lobepomis and Procleticus, and lacking in Parodmalea and males of some Dendrocoris). Anterolateral pronotal margins straight to concave; humeral angles rounded to spinose, usually prominent, anterior pronotal angles dentate. Tarsi 3-segmented.
Genital plates small and as a group appearing recessed into venter; basal plates small and often partially or completely obscured by last abdominal sternite; second gonocoxae often emarginate distally; ninth paratergites subtriangular; sternite ten relatively large, quadrangular. Eighth paratergites lacking spiracles. Pygophore somewhat produced posteriorly with distinct medial emargination which may be either narrow and parallel sided or often becoming circular ventrally; usually with small emargination between lateral margins and superior ridge.
Comments: The included genera can be separated into two groups based primarily on the shape and length of the scutellum. In Lobepomis, Neoderoploa, Procleticus, and Terania, the scutellum is spatulate and nearly reaches the apex of the abdomen, completely obscuring the hemelytral membranes. In Aleixus, Brepholoxa, Dendrocoris, Odmalea, Parodmalea, and Zorcadium the scutellum is subtriangular and does not reach beyond the apices of the coria. Thoreyella is intermediate in that the scutellum is not as triangular as in the latter group of genera, and although the scutellum does not approach the apex of the abdomen it is subequal to or slightly longer than the coria.
Other than the male and female
genitalia, none of the above characters will define this tribe by themselves.
Most genera, however, can be placed in this tribe by a combination of the above
characters. The male and female genitalia seem to follow the same general
shape within all genera studied and appear to be unique within the Pentatomidae.
Key to the Genera of the Tribe Procleticini
Rider, D. A. 1994. A generic conspectus of the tribe Procleticini Pennington (Heteroptera, Pentatomidae), with the description of Parodmalea rubella, new genus and species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 102(2): 193-221.
David A. Rider
updated: 30 Aug 2005
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