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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
Familiae (18): Acanthosomatidae - Canopidae - Cydnidae - Dinidoridae - Lestoniidae - Megarididae - Parastrachiidae - Pentatomidae - Phloeidae - Plataspididae - Saileriolidae - Scutelleridae - Tessaratomidae - Thaumastellidae - Thyreocoridae - Urostylididae - †Mesopentacoridae - †Primipentatomidae

Genus incertae sedis: Dismegistus

Pentatomoidea Leach, 1815
Primary references

Leach, W.E. 1815. Entomology [pp. 57–172]. In: Brewster, D. (Ed). Brewster’s Edinburgh Encyclopedia. Volume IX [part I]. W. Blackwood, J. Waugh, etc., Edinburgh, 764 pp. BHL Reference page. [p. 121]

Additional references

Davidová-Vilímová, J. & McPherson, J.E. 1991. Pygophores of selected species of Pentatomoidea (Heteroptera) from Illinois. Acta Universitatis Carolinae - biologica 35: 143–183. Reference page.
Derjanschi, V.V. & Péricart, J. 2005. Hémiptères Pentatomoidea Euro-Méditerranéens. Volume 1 : Généralités. Systématique: Prémiere Partie. Faune de France 90: 1–494. Fédération française des sociétés de sciences naturelles, 494 p. ISBN 978-2-903052-38-6 [In French]. Preview. Reference page.
Faúndez, E.I. 2010: Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) wrongly labelled in Gay’s “Atlas de la Historia Física y Política de Chile” (1854). Zootaxa, 2351: 65–68. Preview
Faúndez, E.I.; Carvajal, M.A. 2010: Additions to Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) wrongly labelled in Gay’s “Atlas de la Historia Física y Política de Chile (1854)”. Zootaxa, 2659: 67–68. Preview
Ghahari, H., Moulet, P. & Rider, D.A. 2014. An annotated catalog of the Iranian Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomomorpha). Zootaxa 3837(1): 1–95. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3837.1.1 ResearchGate Open access Reference page.
Grazia, J.; Schuh, R.T.; Wheeler, W.C. 2008: Phylogenetic relationships of family groups in Pentatomoidea based on morphology and DNA sequences (Insecta: Heteroptera). Cladistics, 24 (6): 932–976. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00224.x PDF
Kment, P.; Vilímová, J. 2010: Thoracic scent efferent system of Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): a review of terminology. Zootaxa, 2706: 1–77. Preview
Linnavuori, R.E. 2008: Studies on the Acanthosomatidae, Scutelleridae and Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) of Gilan and the adjacent provinces in northern Iran. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 48(1): 1–21. PDF Reference page.
Lis, J.A. 2010: Coxal combs in the Cydnidae sensu lato and three other related “cydnoid” families – Parastrachiidae, Thaumastellidae, Thyreocoridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): functional, taxonomic, and phylogenetic significance. Zootaxa, 2476: 53–64. Preview
Lis, J.A.; Lis, B. 2011: Is accurate taxon identification important for molecular studies? Several cases of faux pas in pentatomoid bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea). Zootaxa, 2932: 47–50. Preview
Lis, J.A., Ziaja, D.J. & Lis P. 2011. Recovery of mitochondrial DNA for systematic studies of Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera): Successful PCR on early 20th century dry museum specimens. Zootaxa 2748: 18–28. Preview. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.2748.1.2. ResearchGate Paywall. PDF.Reference page.
Lupoli, R. & Dusoulier, F. 2015. Les Punaises Pentatomoidea de France pp.429. Éditions Ancyrosoma. [In French]. ISBN 978-2-9536661-1-3. ResearchGate Paywall Reference page.
Péricart, J. 2010. Hémiptères Pentatomoidea Euro-Méditerranéens. Volume 3 : Podopinae et Asopinae. Faune de France 93: 1–290. Fédération française des sociétés de sciences naturelles, 290 p. ISBN 978-2-903052-32-4 [In French]. Preview. Reference page.
Ribes, J. & Pagola-Carte, S. 2013. Hémiptères Pentatomoidea Euro-Méditerranéens. Volume 2 : Systématique: Deuxième Partie. Faune de France 96: 1–394. Fédération française des sociétés de sciences naturelles, 394 p. ISBN 978-2-903052-35-5 [In French]. Preview. Reference page.
Rider, D.A. 2006. Family Pentatomidae. p. 233–403, In: Aukema, A. & Rieger, C. (eds). Catalogue of the Heteroptera of the Palaearctic Region, vol 5. The Netherlands Entomological Society, Amsterdam. ResearchGate Open access PDF. Reference page.
Rider, D.A., Schwertner, C.F., Davidová-Vilímová, J., Rédei, D., Kment, P. & Thomas, D.B. 2018. Higher systematics of the Pentatomoidea.. p. 25–204, In: McPherson, J.E. (ed). Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species (Pentatomoidea): Biology, Higher Systematics, Semiochemistry, and Management. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis group. Boca Raton, FL. Reference page.

Vernacular names
Ελληνικά: Βρομούσα
English: Shield bug, chust bug, stink bug
suomi: Typpyluteet
日本語: カメムシ

The Pentatomoidea are a superfamily of insects in the Heteroptera suborder of the Hemiptera order. As Hemiptera, they share a common arrangement of sucking mouthparts.[1] The roughly 7000 species under Pentatomoidea are divided into 21 families (16 extant and 5 extinct).[2][3] Among these are the stink bugs and shield bugs, jewel bugs, giant shield bugs, and burrower bugs.[4]

Anatomy of the dorsal aspect of a shield bug. A: head; B: thorax; C: abdomen. 1: claws; 2: tarsus; 3: tibia; 4: femur; 8: compound eye; 9: antenna; 10: clypeus; 23: laterotergites (connexivum); 25: pronotum; 26: scutellum; 27: clavus; 28: corium; 29: embolium; 30: hemelytral membrane.

The Pentatomoidea are characterised by a well-developed scutellum (the hardened extension of the thorax over the abdomen). It can be triangular to semielliptical in shape.[3] The antennae typically have five segments. The tarsi usually have two or three segments.[5]

Shield bugs have prothoracic glands (in their thoraces, between the first and second pair of legs) that produce a foul-smelling liquid, which is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled. These prothoracic glands are also present in the nymphs, which are similar to adults except smaller and without wings.

The nymphs and adults have distinctive piercing mouthparts, with mandibles and maxillae modified to form a piercing "stylet" sheathed within a modified labium. The stylet is used to suck sap from plants, or in some cases to suck blood from other animals.

Pentatomoidea are mostly phytophagous, although some are hematophagous. They can become significant pests, causing economic damage to certain crops.

Species that resemble pentatomoids are found in the superfamily Coreoidea.

These families are classified under Pentatomoidea:[6]

Acanthosomatidae Signoret, 1863 – known as shield bugs, contains 46 genera and 184 species found worldwide[7]
Canopidae McAtee & Malloch, 1928 – found strictly in the Neotropical realm[8]
Cydnidae Billberg, 1820 – known as burrowing bugs, it contains 120 genera and about 765 species worldwide.
Dinidoridae Stål, 1867 – found in tropical Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America, composed of 16 genera and about 65 species[3]
Lestoniidae China, 1955 – small, round bugs that bear a resemblance to tortoise beetles (Chrysomelidae), composed only of one genus and two species, endemic to Australia[9]
Megarididae McAtee & Malloch, 1928 – contains only one extant genus (Megaris) and 16 species, small, globular bugs occurring in Central America[10]
Parastrachiidae Oshanin, 1922 – bright red and black bugs exhibiting maternal care of eggs, it contains only two genera: Dismegistus (Africa) and Parastrachia (Eastern Asia).[11][12][13]
Pentatomidae Leach, 1815 – known as stink bugs, it is the largest family in Pentatomoidea. It contains around 900 genera and over 4700 species.[11]
Phloeidae – large mottled brown and flattened bugs found strictly in the Neotropical realm. It is composed on only 2 genera and 3 species. They are known to exhibit strong maternal care.[8]
Plataspidae – found in Asia, particularly eastern Asia, although a few species of Coptosoma occur in the Palearctic. They are round plant-feeding bugs. It has about 59 genera and 560 species.[11]
Saileriolidae - only recently removed from inclusion within Urostylididae.
Scutelleridae – known as jewel bugs or shield-backed bugs. Composed of 81 genera and about 450 species.
Tessaratomidae – known as giant shield bugs because they are usually relatively large. Has about 55 genera and 240 species worldwide (mainly in the Old World tropics).[2][3][14]
Thaumastellidae – small bugs usually found under rocks in tropical Africa and the Middle East. It contains only one genus and three species. There is some debate to their inclusion within Pentatomoidea.[15]
Thyreocoridae Amyot & Serville, 1843 – includes the former family, subfamily Corimelaeninae Uhler, 1872[16] – known as ebony bugs, they are small, oval, shiny black bugs.[17]
Urostylididae – contains about 11 genera and 170 species. They are found in Southern and Eastern Asia.[11] (including Korea).


†Mesopentacoridae Popov 1968 Middle Jurassic-Early Cretaceous, Asia
†Primipentatomidae – family with about four Early Cretaceous fossil species from China.[18]
†Probascanionidae Handlirsch 1921 Monotypic, Early Jurassic, Germany
†Protocoridae Handlirsch 1906 Early-Middle Jurassic, Eurasia
†Venicoridae Yao et al. 2012 Early Cretaceous, China


The morphological unweighted tree of Pentatomoidea after Grazia et al. (2008).[19][20]











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See also

List of shield bug species of Korea
Sunn pest


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