Donovan (1794: 78(81, pl. 101, fig. 5, pl. 102) described Cimex pallescens (a primary homonym of Cimex pallescens Gmelin, 1790) as a new species; the larva figured is an adult of this species while the other figure and the description refer to adult Stenodema laevigata (Linnaeus, 1758), Miridae. Turton (1802: 692) proposed the replacement name Cimex marshani (sic; error for marshami) for the preoccupied Cimex pallescens Donovan, 1794, not Gmelin, 1790.