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Containing group: Stylopidia


Only females and first instar larvae of this family are known. Their synapomorphies with the higher Stylopidia are: flattened cephalothorax, 2 pairs of functional meso- and metathoracic spiracles and 5 genital openings (Kinzelbach 1971).

Until males of this species are found it would be difficult to discuss the phylogenetic relationship with the other families of Stylopidia.


Host Relations

Only two species have been described. Callipharixenos muiri Pierce is parasitic in Calliphara billardierei F. (Heteroptera) from Cambodia, and C. siamensis Pierce is parasitic in Chrysocoris grandis Thunberg (Heteroptera) from Cambodia and Thailand (Pierce 1918).


Pierce (1918) originally had two genera, Callipharixenos and Chrysocorixenos, in this family. Blair (1936) erected the new genus Corioxenos and placed the family Callipharixenidae in this genus due to the long cephalothorax of the females. Kinzelbach (1971) synonymized Chrysocorixenos to Callipharixenos and erected a new family Corioxeninae for C. antestia.

Other Names for Callipharixenos


Blair, K. G. 1936. A new genus of Strepsiptera. Proc. R. ent Soc. Lond. (B) 5: 113-117.

Kinzelbach 1971. Morphologische Befunde an Fächerfluglern und ihre phylogenetische Bedeutung (Insecta: Strepsiptera). Zoologica 41: 119)1/2) 256pp.

Pierce, W. D. 1918. The comparative morphology of the order Strepsiptera together with records and descriptions of insects. Proc. U.S. natn. Mus. 54: 391-501.

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Scientific Name Callipharixenos muiri
Reference Kathirithamby, J. 1989. Review of the order Strepsiptera. Systematic Entomology 14:41-92.
Acknowledgements After Kinzelbach
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage adult
Copyright © 1989 Blackwell Science
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