Zelus couturieri

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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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e8150

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scientific name

Zelus couturieri
status

 

Zelus couturieri 

Iquitozelus couturieri  Bérenger, 2003, p. 23, orig. descr. and fig.

Zelus couturieri  ( Bérenger, 2003), comb. nov. (current study).

Materials

Type status: Holotype. Occurrence: occurrenceRemarks: Host plant: Psidium guajava; recordedBy: Couturier, G; sex: Adult Female; Taxon: scientificName: Zeluscouturieri; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: (Berenger, 2003); Location: country: Peru; stateProvince: Loreto; locality: Iquitos ; Event: eventDate: 1992-07-20; Record Level: institutionCode: Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle  Type status: Paratype. Occurrence: occurrenceRemarks: Host plant: Psidium guajava; recordedBy: Couturier, G; sex: Adult Female; Taxon: scientificName: Zeluscouturieri; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: (Berenger, 2003); Location: country: Peru; stateProvince: Loreto; locality: Iquitos ; Event: eventDate: 1992-07-20; Record Level: institutionCode: Museo de Entomologia, Universidad Agraria La Molina, Lima  Type status: Paratype. Occurrence: occurrenceRemarks: Host plant: Psidium guajava; recordedBy: Couturier, G; sex: Adult Female; Taxon: scientificName: Zeluscouturieri; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: (Berenger, 2003); Location: country: Peru; stateProvince: Loreto; locality: Iquitos ; Event: eventDate: 1992-07-20; Record Level: institutionCode: USNM  Type status: Paratype. Occurrence: occurrenceRemarks: Host plant: Psidium guajava; recordedBy: Couturier, G; sex: Adult Female; Taxon: scientificName: Zeluscouturieri; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: (Berenger, 2003); Location: country: Peru; stateProvince: Loreto; locality: Iquitos ; Event: eventDate: 1992-07-20; Record Level: institutionCode: Jean-Michel Berenger Collection 

Description

Figs 63, 64

Diagnosis

The connexivum segment VI with foliaceous expansion is unique among all females of Zelus  spp.

Distribution

South America (Fig. 64). Known only from Peru.

Taxon discussion

Bérenger (2003) described a new species of Harpactorini  from Iquitos, Peru, and erected a new genus, Iquitozelus  to accommodate this species. We here transfer I. couturieri  to Zelus  for reasons aforementioned. This species shows a great deal of resemblance to three other species of Zelus  , Z. amblycephalus  , Z. umbraculus  and Z. umbraculoides  , all newly described in the current study. In these species, the head, legs and pronotum are more or less uniformly greenish-brown. There are a number of differences. The posterior pronotal lobe disc in Z. couturieri  appears to be only slightly above and nearly continuous with humeral angle. In the other three species, the discs are clearly above humeral angle. The posterior margin of the posterior pronotal lobe in Z. couturieri  is not developed, whereas it is well defined in other species. Furthermore, the lateral process of the humeral angle is conspicuously darkened, also unique to Z. couturieri  . Based the foregoing observations, it is likely that Z. couturieri  represents a distinct a species, and not the female of Z. umbraculoides  or Z. umbraculus  . The specimens were not physically examined as Bérenger (2003) has provided a detailed description of this species.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Reduviidae

Genus

Zelus

Loc

Zelus couturieri

Zhang, Guanyang, Hart, Elwood R & Weirauch, Christiane 2016

2016
Loc

Iquitozelus couturieri

Berenger 2003

2003