Zelus fasciatus Champion, 1899

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 fasciatus Champion, 1899


Zelus fasciatus Champion, 1899 View in CoL

Zelus fasciatus Champion, 1899, p. 257, Tab. XV. fig. 18, orig. descr. and fig.; Kuhlgatz, 1902, p. 266, note; Wygodzinsky, 1949a, p. 49, checklist; Maldonado, 1990, p. 327, cat.


Type status: Holotype. Occurrence: catalogNumber: UCR_ENT 00048758 ; occurrenceRemarks: Verbatim label info: Type / B.C.A.Rhyn.II. Zelusfasciatus Ch. / Sp. figured. / Bugaba, 800-1,500 ft. Champion. / Holotype Sel. E.R. Hart letter II.iii.76; recordedBy: G.C. Champion; sex: Adult Female; Taxon: scientificName: Zelusfasciatus; family: Reduviidae; genus: Zelus; scientificNameAuthorship: Champion, 1899; Location: country: PANAMA; stateProvince: Chiriqui; locality: Bugaba ; verbatimElevation: 457 m; decimalLatitude: 8.4833; decimalLongitude: -82.6167; georeferenceSources: Gazetteer; Event: eventDate: No date provided; Record Level: institutionCode: BMNH GoogleMaps


Figs 74, 75

Male: unknown.

Female: (Fig. 74) Medium-sized, total length 14.92-15.56 mm (mean 15.25 mm, Suppl. material 2); slender. COLORATION: Yellow and black. Yellow areas usually on posterior pronotal lobe, corium, lateral surfaces and abdomen. VESTITURE: Sparsely setose. Anteocular lobe with short, erect and recumbent setae; postocular lobe with short, erect and recumbent setae. Anterior pronotal lobe with short, inconspicuous, recumbent setae dorsally, some short to moderate, erect setae laterally; posterior pronotal lobe with short, inconspicuous, erect and recumbent setae. Abdomen with short to moderately long, erect setae and inconspicuous, short, recumbent setae. STRUCTURE: Head: Cylindrical, L/W = 2.46. 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: 2.0: 0.3. Thorax: Anterolateral angle rounded, without projection; medial longitudinal sulcus distinct throughout. Posterior pronotal lobe with finely rugulose surface; disc distinctly elevated above humeral angle; humeral angle armed, with spinous processes. 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 converging towards R.


The rather unique dorsal color pattern easily distinguishes this species from all other species in the genus.


Southern Central America and northern South America (Fig. 75). Countries with specimen records: Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama.