Zelus zayasi Bruner & Barber, 1937

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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scientific name

Zelus zayasi Bruner & Barber, 1937
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Zelus zayasi Bruner & Barber, 1937 

Zelus zayasi  Bruner and Barber, 1937, p. 186-188, orig. descr. and fig. (subgenus Zelus  ); Wygodzinsky, 1949a, p. 50, checklist; Zayas, 1960, p. 125, 126, note; Alayo, 1967, p. 36, 37, key and list.; Hart, 1987, p. 296, key and note; Maldonado, 1990, p. 332, cat.

Materials

Type status: Holotype. Occurrence: catalogNumber: UCR_ENT 00007933; occurrenceRemarks: bears label 'Type No. 51844 U.S.N.M' and 'E.E.A. Cuba Ento No.10644'; recordedBy: F. de Zayas; sex: Adult Female; otherCatalogNumbers: USNM Type No. 51844; Taxon: scientificName: Zeluszayasi; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: Bruner & Barber, 1937; Location: country: CUBA; stateProvince: Guantanamo; locality: El Yunque, Baracoa ; decimalLatitude: 20.35237; decimalLongitude: -74.57356; georeferenceSources: Google Earth; Identification: identifiedBy: Burner & Barber; dateIdentified: 1937; Event: eventDate: 1935-07-10; Record Level: institutionCode: USNMGoogleMaps 

Description

Figs 217, 218

Male: unknown.

Female: (Fig. 217) Medium-sized, total length 12.39 mm (n=1); very slender. COLORATION: Dorsal surface brown, lighter on lateral surfaces and abdomen. VESTITURE: Moderately setose. Head with erect setae. Anterior pronotal lobe with sparse, recumbent and erect setae; posterior pronotal lobe with scattered, short, erect and recumbent setae. Abdomen with short, erect setae. STRUCTURE: Head: Cylindrical, L/W = 2.29. Postocular lobe moderately long; in dorsal view anteriorly gradually narrowing, posterior portion constant, slightly narrower. Eye smallish; lateral margin only slightly wider than postocular lobe; dorsal and ventral margins removed from surfaces of head. Labium: I: II: III = 1: 1.6: 0.3. Thorax: Anterolateral angle bearing small projection; medial longitudinal sulcus evident only on posterior 1/2, deepening anterior to transverse sulcus of pronotum. Posterior pronotal lobe with rugulose surface; disc distinctly elevated above humeral angle; humeral angle rounded, without projection. Scutellum moderately long; apex angulate. Legs: Slender. Hemelytron: Attaining apex of abdomen.

Diagnosis

The extremely slender body form separates this species from most other species of Zelus  . Can be distinguished from Z. puertoricensis  by the lack of conspicuous lateral process on the humeral angle and from Z. subimpressus  by the parallel dorsal and ventral surfaces on the anterior 2/3 of the postocular lobe. The dorsal surface in Z. subimpressus  is sloping.

Distribution

The Caribbean. Known only from Cuba (Fig. 218).

Taxon discussion

Based on the description and figure of Z. bruneri  , it is possible that Z. bruneri  is the male of Z. zayasi  . Because the specimens of Z. bruneri  were not physically examined, we restrain from making this association and a formal synonymy between these two species.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Reduviidae

Genus

Zelus

Loc

Zelus zayasi Bruner & Barber, 1937

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

Zelus

Steud. 1840
1840