Zelus plagiatus (Signoret, 1852)

Zhang, Guanyang, Hart, Elwood R & Weirauch, Christiane, 2016, A taxonomic monograph of the assassin bug genus Zelus Fabricius (Hemiptera: Reduviidae): 71 species based on 10,000 specimens, Biodiversity Data Journal 4, pp. 8150-8150 : 8150

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Zelus plagiatus (Signoret, 1852)


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Diplodus plagiatus Signoret, 1862, p. 584-585, orig. descr.; Walker, 1873, p. 126, cat.

Zelus plagiatus : Stål, 1872, p. 92, cat.; Lethierry and Severin, 1896, p. 153, cat.; Wygodzinsky, 1949a, p. 50, checklist; Maldonado, 1990, p. 330, cat.


Type status: Holotype. Occurrence: catalogNumber: UCR_ENT 00075076 ; occurrenceRemarks: Verbatim label info: Peru coll. Signoret / Plagiat. det. Signoret. / Holotype / Zeuls plagiatus (Signoret) / Typus Diplodusplagiatus SIGNORET, 1862 etik. Hecher 1996 REDV. 484/1; recordedBy: Signoret; sex: Adult Female; Taxon: scientificName: Zelusplagiatus; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: (Signoret, 1852); Location: country: PERU; stateProvince: unknown; locality: Unknown ; Identification: identifiedBy: G. Zhang; dateIdentified: 2012; Event: eventDate: No date provided; Record Level: institutionCode: NHMW


Figs 159, 160

Male: unknown.

Female: (Fig. 159) Medium-sized, total length 13.20-15.43 mm (mean 14.32 mm, Suppl. material 2); slender. COLORATION: Brightly colored. Yellow and black. Dorsal surface mostly yellow, black patch on distal area of corium, posterior part of posterior pronotal lobe black; legs mostly black, femoral base yellowish, single yellowish subapical band on metafemur. VESTITURE: Sparsely setose. Head with short, to moderate length, erect and recumbent setae, scattered. Anterior pronotal lobe with short, erect and recumbent setae; posterior pronotal lobe with short, erect setae. Abdomen with short to moderate length erect setae. STRUCTURE: Head: Elongated, L/W = 2.69. Postocular lobe very long; in dorsal view distinctly narrowing through anterior 1/2, posterior 1/2 constant, tube-like. Eye moderately sized; lateral margin much wider than postocular lobe; dorsal and ventral margins removed from surfaces of head. Labium: I: II: III = 1: 2.1: 0.5. Thorax: Anterolateral angle rounded, without projection; medial longitudinal sulcus shallow near collar, deepening posteriorly. Posterior pronotal lobe with finely rugulose surface; disc distinctly elevated above humeral angle; humeral angle armed, with spinous process. Scutellum long; apex angulate. Legs: Slender. Hemelytron: Slightly surpassing apex of abdomen, not more than length of abdominal segment seven; quadrate cell moderately sized; Cu and M of cubital cell subparallel.


The dorsum predominantly yellow with the posterior pronotal lobe partly black and two black spots on hemelytra is distinctive of this species.


South America (Fig. 160). Countries with records: Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.