Clavigralla (genus)

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Clavigralla Spinola, 1837 - (pod bugs)

This genus of pod-sucking bugs includes around 50 species which are found in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. Some species are common and attack crops. Among these, Clavigralla tomentosicollis is economically the most important species, attacking cowpea and other legumes in central and southern Africa.

The adult bugs are typically around 7-10 mm long, with a brownish colour or colour pattern, sharp spines and covered with fine hairs. Females are larger than males.

Type species: Clavigralla gibbosa


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: