Apiomerus bahianus, Wygodzinzky, 1953

Gil-Santana, Hélcio R. & Forero, Dimitri, 2010, Taxonomical and biological notes on Neotropical Apiomerini (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae), Zootaxa 2331, pp. 57-68: 58

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.275474

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Apiomerus bahianus
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Agriocleptes bahianus  Wygodzinzky, 1953

( Figs. 1–2View FIGURES 1 – 8. 1 – 2).

Discussion: Agriocleptes bahianus  was described based on a single female from Bahia state, Brazil ( Wygodzinsky 1953). The female of this species was considered very close to A. albosparsus (Stål, 1854)  , and the differences between them were based only in color pattern ( Wygodzinsky, 1953). The two diagnostic characteristics for A. bahianus  are the dark metapleura and posterior coxae, and the posterior femora with wide, dark, sub-basal annuli ( Wygodzinsky 1953; Forero 2002). The female examined here, from Mato Grosso state, Brazil, was identified as A. bahianus  because of the blackish metapleura and posterior coxae, despite having pale, instead of dark, wide sub-basal annuli ( Figs. 1–2View FIGURES 1 – 8. 1 – 2).

Wygodzinsky (1953) stated that some of the species of Agriocleptes could be in fact just geographical races of the same species. For instance, he mentioned that the A. stali  group ( A. stali Wygodzinsky, 1946  , A. bergi Wygodzinsky, 1953  , and A. wygodzinskyi Prosen & Martínez, 1953  [as A. zischkai Wygodzinsky, 1953  , see Forero & Giacchi 2001]), species in which males share similar genitalic structure and the main differences are found in the color pattern ( Wygodzinsky 1953). Detailed observations on the male and female genitalia of A. bahianus  and A. albosparsus  might provide further evidence to test the validity of these species.

Specimen examined: BRAZIL, 1 female, Mato Grosso, Diamantino, Rio Arinos [14 ° 25 ´S – 56 ° 29 ´ W], 24 -X- 2002, E. Furtado leg. [ MNRJ].

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Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Reduviidae

Genus

Apiomerus