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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: Lygaeoidea

Familia: Blissidae
Genus: Blissus

Species: B. antillus – B. arenarius – B. barberi – B. bosqi – B. brasiliensis – B. breviusculus – B. canadensis – B. curtulus – B. hygrobius – B. insularis – B. iowensis – B. leucopterus – B. minusculus – B. minutus – B. mixtus – B. nanus – B. occiduus – B. omani – B. parasitaster – B. penningtoni – B. planarius – B. pulchellus – B. richardsoni – B. sweeti – B. villosus – B. weiseri – B. yumanus

Blissus Burmeister, 1835


Mendocinia Jensen-Haarup, 1920
Neoblissus Bergroth, 1903

Original reference

Slater, J.A. 1979: The systematics, phylogeny, and zoogeography of the Blissinae of the world (Hemiptera, Lygaeidae). Bulletin of the AMNH 165(1): 1-180 [1]Reference page.


Blissus is a genus in the true bug family Blissidae,[2] commonly called chinch bugs in North America. The review by Slater (1979) listed 27 species.[3] The species B. leucopterus,[4] B. occiduus[5] and B. insularis[6] are important pests of cereal crops and turf grasses in their different ranges in the United States.
List of species

Blissus antillus Leonard, 1968
Blissus arenarius Barber, 1918
Blissus arenarius maritimus Leonard, 1966
Blissus barberi Leonard, 1968
Blissus bosqi Drake, 1940
Blissus brasiliensis Drake, 1951
Blissus breviusculus Barber, 1937
Blissus canadensis Leonard, 1970
Blissus hygrobius (Jensen-Haarup, 1920)
Blissus insularis Barber, 1918 - southern chinch bug
Blissus iowensis Andre, 1937
Blissus leucopterus (Say, 1831) - true chinch bug
Blissus leucopterus hirtus Montandon, 1893 - hairy chinch bug
Blissus minutus (Blatchley, 1925)
Blissus mixtus Barber, 1937
Blissus nanus Barber, 1937
Blissus occiduus Barber, 1918 - western chinch bug
Blissus omani Barber, 1937
Blissus parasitaster (Bergroth, 1903)
Blissus penningtoni Drake, 1941
Blissus planarius Barber, 1937
Blissus planus Leonard, 1968
Blissus pulchellus Montandon, 1893
Blissus richardsoni Drake, 1940
Blissus slateri Leonard, 1968
Blissus sweeti Leonard, 1968
Blissus villosus Barber, 1937
Blissus weiseri (Drake, 1951)
Blissus yumana Drake, 1951


Burmeister, H. (1835). Handbuch der Entomologie Bd. II. Ab. I. Berlin : Gustav Reimer. p. 290.
Henry, T.J. (1997). "Phylogenetic analysis of family groups within the infraorder Pentatomomorpha (Hemiptera: Heteroptera), with emphasis on the Lygaeoidea". Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 90 (3): 275–301. doi:10.1093/aesa/90.3.275.
Slater, J.A. (1979). "The systematics, phylogeny, and zoogeography of the Blissinae of the world (Hemiptera, Lygaeidae)". Bulletin of the AMNH. 165 (1): 1–180. hdl:2246/1076.
Wilson, J.P.; Ni, X.; Rajewski, J.A.; Dweikat, I.; Buntin, G. (2009). "Application of pathological principles to evaluating pearl millet for chinch bug resistance". Proc. 6th Asia-Pacific Congress of Entomology: 327–328. Archived from the original on 2014-12-17.
Gulsen, O.; et al. (2009). "Characterization of peroxidase changes in resistant and susceptible warm-season turfgrasses challenged by Blissus occiduus". Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 4: 45–55. doi:10.1007/s11829-010-9086-3. S2CID 34259675.
Rangasamy, M.; Mcauslane, H.; Backus, E.; Cherry, R. (2015). "Differential probing behavior of Blissus insularis (Hemiptera: Blissidae) on resistant and susceptible St. Augustinegrasses". Journal of Economic Entomology. 108 (2): 780–788. doi:10.1093/jee/tou061. PMID 26470190.

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