This is a small genus that appears to be concentrated around Central Asia though some species are holarctic. There are now 4 species that occur in Britain. Eutomostethus nigrans has reverted to be a variation of ephippium.

The genus is characterised by the presence of a prepectus as a raised rim to the front edge of the mesepisternum, separated by a rough deep sulcus. The anal cell of the forewing lacks a coss-vein and the basal anal vein A3 of the forewing is curved back towards veins A1 and A2. The antennae are short with the third antennal segment shorter than the sum of the apical 3 segments.

All 4 species are associated with grasses, sedges and rushes.

Species list:

Eutomostethus ephippium (Panzer, 1798)

Eutomostethus gagathinus (Klug, 1816)

Eutomostethus luteiventris (Klug, 1816)

Eutomostethus punctatus (Konow, 1887)


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