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The Journal of the International Heteropterists’ Society (JIHS) publishes manuscripts of high scientific quality on heteropteran systematics, taxonomy, morphology, biodiversity, biogeography, natural history, and conservation biology



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International Heteropterists' Society24 hours ago
New paper!

Jang G. & Jung S.: "Review on the chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae: Nysius) from Korea"

The genus Nysius Dallas is the largest group in the subfamily Orsillinae (Lygaeoidea: Lygaeidae), and is a well-known agricultural pest that mainly feeds on grains. In Korea, N. plebeius and N. hidakai are well known to be agricultural pests. In the present study, we recognized six species of the genus Nysius Dallas from the Korean Peninsula. Among these, N. thymi (Wolff, 1804) was reported for the first time in the fauna. We provided new host plants, a key to the species of the genus from Korea, descriptions and diagnoses of these species using photographs of adult specimens and genitalia. We also present discussion on wrong host plants records of agricultural crops caused from misidentifications between N. plebeius and N. hidakai in Korea. Additionally, we confirmed that N. eximius and N. expressus are not occurring from South Korea based on the South Korean materials.

International Heteropterists' Society
International Heteropterists' Society3 days ago
New paper!

Masonick P. K.. et al.: "A revised classification of the assassin bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) based on combined analysis of phylogenomic and morphological data"

Assassin bugs (Hemiptera: Reduviidae Latreille) comprise not only one of the largest radiations of predatory animals (22 subfamilies; >6,800 spp.) but also include the medically important kissing bugs (Triatominae Jeannel). Reduviidae are morphologically diverse, engage in an astounding array of predatory strategies and have evolved some of the most unique anti-predator and stealth techniques in the animal kingdom. While significant progress has been made to reveal the evolutionary history of assassin bugs and revise their taxonomy, the non-monophyly of the second largest assassin bug subfamily, Reduviinae Latreille, remains to be addressed. Leveraging phylogenomic data (2,291 loci) and 112 morphological characters, we performed the first data- and taxon-rich (195 reduvioid taxa) combined phylogenetic analysis across Reduvioidea and reconstructed morphological diagnostic features for major lineages. We corroborated the rampant polyphyly of Reduviinae that demands substantial revisions to the subfamilial and tribal classification of assassin bugs. Our new classification for Reduviidae reduces the number of subfamilies to 19 and recognizes 40 tribes. We describe three new subfamilies to accommodate distantly related taxa previously classified as Reduviinae (Heteropinae subfam. nov., Nanokeralinae subfam. nov., and Pasirinae subfam. nov.). Triatominae sensu nov. are expanded to include closely related predatory reduviine genera. Cetherinae Jeannel, Chryxinae Champion, Pseudocetherinae Villiers, Salyavatinae Amyot & Serville and Sphaeridopinae Amyot & Serville are treated as junior synonyms of Reduviinae sensu nov. Epiroderinae Distant are synonymized with Phimophorinae Handlirsch sensu nov. and Bactrodini Stål stat. nov. are reclassified as a tribe of Harpactorinae Amyot & Serville. Psophidinae Distant is treated as a valid subfamily. This new classification represents a robust framework for future taxonomic and evolutionary research on assassin bugs.

International Heteropterists' Society
International Heteropterists' Society1 week ago
New paper!

Nicolas V. et al.: "New records, diagnostics and preliminary checklist of the superfamily Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) from the Comoro Islands"

The following species are recorded from the Comoro Islands for the first time: 12 species of Pentatomidae: Pentatominae—Anoano pronotalis Cachan, 1952 (from Mayotte), Antestiopsis clymeneis cf. galtiei (Frappa, 1934) (Mayotte), Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister, 1835) (Mayotte), Bathycoelia rodhaini Schouteden, 1913 (Mayotte), Coquerelia ventralis Horváth, 1904 (Mayotte), Eurysaspis transversalis Signoret, 1851 (Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mayotte), Gadarscama ebenaui Reuter, 1887 (Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mohéli, Mayotte), Lerida annulicornis (Signoret, 1861) (Anjouan, Mayotte), Neoacrosternum validum (Horváth, 1904) (Grand Comore, Mayotte), Nezara viridula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mayotte), Piezodorus hybneri (Gmelin, 1790) (Mayotte), and Stenozygum mirabile (Signoret, 1861) (Mayotte); two species of Plataspidae—Brachyplatys hemisphaerica (Westwood, 1837) (Mayotte) and Coptosoma maculatum Westwood, 1837 (Mayotte); and one species of Scutelleridae—Hotea denticulata Stål, 1865 (Mayotte). The endemic pentatomine species Bathycoelia cuneifera Bergroth, 1893, syn. nov., is recognized as a junior subjective synonym of the widely distributed African species Bathycoelia thalassina (Herrich-Schäffer, 1844). The lectotype of B. cuneifera is designated herein. The checklist of the Pentatomoidea of Comoro Islands includes six species of Cydnidae, 21 species of Pentatomidae, two species of Plataspidae, one species of Scutelleridae and 1 species of Tessaratomidae. Of these species, six are endemic to the archipelago, 14 species are subendemic (shared with Madagascar and/or Aldabra Atoll), and nine species are widespread, occurring also on the African mainland (including the cosmopolitan pest Nezara viridula and two species of Bathycoelia Amyot & Serville, 1843 from the Guinean area, all three possibly alien to the archipelago). We document an additional eight species (six species of Pentatomidae, one species of each Scutelleridae and Tessaratomidae) that are identified to generic level only (two recorded from Grand Comore, seven from Mayotte, one of them occuring in both islands). Mayotte is the best sampled island, with 28 recorded species, followed by Grande Comore (11 species), Anjouan (six species), and Mohéli (four species). In addition the following new records are provided: Bathycoelia rodhaini from Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon and Zambia, Bathycoelia thalassina from Central African Republic and Ethiopia, and Piezodorus hybneri from Angola (Cabinda) and Sierra Leone. The type locality of Eurysaspis transversalis Signoret, 1851, India: Puducherry, is considered an error as the species occurs only in Madagascar and Comoros. The following plant associations are recorded from Mayotte: Bagrada hilaris on Cleome viscosa (Cleomaceae), Eurysaspis transversalis on Senna singueana (Fabaceae), and Piezosternum sp. on Cucumis sativus (Cucurbitaceae) and Mikania capensis (Asteraceae).

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