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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Paraneoptera
Superordo: Condylognatha
Ordo: Hemiptera
Subordo: Heteroptera
Infraordo: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamilia: Pentatomoidea

Familia: Scutelleridae
Subfamilia: Scutellerinae
Genus: Cantao
Synonyms (1): Iostethus

Species (4): C. ocellatus – C. parentum – C. purpuratus – C. variabilis

Cantao Amyot & Serville, 1843


Cantao ocellatus

Primary references

Amyot & Serville 1843: (Roret's Suite á Buffon) Hémiptères, 29.

selected references

McDonald, F.J.D. 1988: A revision of Cantao Amyot and Serville (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae). Oriental insects, 22: 287–299.


Nomenclator Zoologicus

Cantao is a genus of true bugs in family Scutelleridae.[1][2]


Body elongate oval; head elongate, with nearly straight and carinate lateral margins; pronotum with posterolateral angles produced at base of scutellum; scutellum with a pair of deep foveae basally; peritreme large, occupying most of metapleurite, evaporatorium reduced.[2]

Distributed in the Indomalaya, the Wallacea, New Guinea and Australia. A doubtful species (Cantao africanus) has been reported from tropical Africa. A fossil species (tentatively placed into Cantao) was described from the middle Miocene of Tottori Prefecture, Honshu, Japan.[2]

Cantao ocellatus (Thunberg, 1784)
Cantao variabilis (Montrouzier, 1855)
Cantao purpuratus (Westwood, 1837)
Cantao parentum (White, 1839)
Cantao africanus Horváth, 1892
† ?Cantao yamanai Fujiyama, 1967 (fossil)


McDonald, F. J. D. (1988). "A revision of Cantao Amyot and Serville (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae)". Oriental Insects. 22: 287–299. doi:10.1080/00305316.1988.11835493.
Jing-Fu Tsai; Dávid Rédei; Geng-Fang Yeh & Man-Miao Yang (1991). Jewel bugs of Taiwan (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae). National Chung Hsing University. p. 309. ISBN 978-9-8602-8723-3. OCLC 799436034.

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