Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Identification keys to New Zealand Heteroptera Genera (Insecta: Hemiptera)

Version 1.0
by Marie-Claude Larivière, Auckland, New Zealand

This fully illustrated package of interactive identification keys to Heteroptera genera was prepared using the Lucid Phoenix software. It is a companion tool to the Identification key to New Zealand Heteroptera families published by Larivière (2013) where, in addition to  families, 13 genera were keyed as unique family representatives for New Zealand.

The 13 genera keyed in Larivière (2013) are as follows: Acantholybas (Coreidae), Anisops (Notonectidae), Bezu (Berytidae), Ceratocombus (Ceratocombidae), Cimex (Cimicidae), Cymus (Cymidae), Halobates (Gerridae), Heterogaster (Heterogastridae), Hydrometra (Hydrometridae), Hypselosoma (Schizopteridae), Microvelia (Veliidae), Nothochromus (Artheneidae), and Saldula (Saldidae).

The online keys included below allow the identification of a further 32 genera in the following families: Aenictopecheidae and Enicocephalidae (together as Enicocephalomorpha), Anthocoridae, Corixidae, Mesoveliidae, Miridae (subfamily Deraeocorinae), Nabidae, Reduviidae (subfamily Emesinae), and Tingidae. The keys cover indigenous genera as well as adventive (introduced) genera that are known to be well established in New Zealand.

Further information on the nomenclature, taxonomy, geographical distribution and natural history of New Zealand Heteroptera fauna, is readily available in the New Zealand Catalogue of Heteroptera (Larivière & Larochelle, 2004) and associated Checklist supplement (Larivière  & Larochelle, 2014).

Citation for this publication

Larivière M-C 2014. Identification keys to New Zealand Heteroptera genera (Insecta: Hemiptera). Version 1.0.
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Date of access: 28 May 2022

Keys to genera


Cassis G, Eyles AC 2006. An overview of New Zealand Deraeocorinae with descriptions of a new genus and a new species of Termatophylini (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae: Deraeocorinae). Tuhinga 17: 39–48. 

Eyles AC 2006. A new genus and four new species of Deraeocorini (Insecta: Hemiptera: Miridae: Deraeocorinae) from New Zealand, with notes on other species. Tuhinga 17: 27–38. 

Eyles AC, Schuh RT 2003. Revision of New Zealand Bryocorinae and Phylinae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Miridae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 30: 263-325.

Larivière M-C 2013. Identification key to the New Zealand Heteroptera families (Insecta: Hemiptera). Version 2.0.

Larivière M-C, Larochelle A 2004. Heteroptera (Insecta: Hemiptera): catalogue. Fauna of New Zealand 50: 330 pp.

Larivière M‑C, Larochelle A 2014. Checklist of the New Zealand Heteroptera (Insecta: Hemiptera): an update based on the 2004 to 2013 literature. Zootaxa 3755 (­­4): 347-367.

Woodward TE 1956. The Heteroptera of New Zealand. Part 2. – The Enicocephalidae with a supplement to part 1 (Cydnidae and Pentatomidae). Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 84: 391–430.


This project received financial support from the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme (Project 255, 2011–2014) and Core funding for Crown Research Institutes (New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Science and Innovation Group). The majority of habitus photos were prepared by Birgit Rhode (Landcare Research, Auckland) for research in the Defining Land Biota portfolio. Finally, thanks are extended to I. Stringer (formerly Department of Conservation, Wellington) and R. Palma (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington) who supported the funding application for this project.

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