Cosmolestes aethiopicus (Stål, 1865)

Krüger, Andreas, 2019, Notes on Afrotropical Enicocephalidae and Reduviidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) with emphasis on vehicle-mounted net samples from Liberia, West Africa, Zootaxa 4688 (2), pp. 232-248: 236

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Cosmolestes aethiopicus (Stål, 1865)


Cosmolestes aethiopicus (Stål, 1865) 

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Material examined: LIBERIA: Bong county, Bong mine tailings pond area, Dam 12, 6°46′N 10°18′W, 140 m, 29.iv.1989, hand-collected, leg. Rolf Garms (1 ♀)GoogleMaps  ; Bong mine tailings pond area, Dam 1b/2b, 6°47′N 10°20′W, 165 m, 20.v.1989, hand-collected, leg. Rolf Garms (1 ♀)GoogleMaps  .

Distribution: Liberia; Intertropical Africa.

Remark: The genus comprises 5 Afrotropical species, 3 of which were keyed by Villiers (1948). In addition, C. insignis Distant, 1903  from South Africa would couple with C. aethiopicus  due to the black femora, but differing by lacking white spots on head and pronotum, while C. monticolus Miller, 1950  from Malawi would couple with C. pictus (Klug, 1830)  , differing from C. aethiopicus  in color pattern including legs and shape of scutellar apex ( Miller, 1950a).