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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 26(3)

Systematics and biology of the Australian seed bug genus Megadrymus Gross (Insecta : Heteroptera : Rhyparochromidae : Drymini)

Gerasimos Cassis A B and Celia Symonds A

A Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.
B Corresponding author. Email: gcassis@unsw.edu.au

Invertebrate Systematics 26(3) 249-273 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/IS11050
Submitted: 8 December 2011  Accepted: 15 April 2012   Published: 21 September 2012

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Megadrymus Gross is an endemic seed bug genus that occurs in subtropical and tropical wet and dry rainforest on the eastern and northern coasts of Australia. The genus is revised with the redescription of the type species M. terraereginae Gross, the transfer of Brentiscerus tenuicornis (Gross) to Megadrymus, and the description of five new species: M. aurorae, sp. nov., M. brunneus, sp. nov., M. capeyorkensis, sp. nov., M. kakadu, sp. nov. and M. refugiensis, sp. nov. A key to species is included. A phylogeny, and biological and distributional information, are presented and discussed.

Additional keywords: Australia, Heteroptera, new species, new combination, phylogeny, rainforest, Rhyparochromidae, taxonomy, vine scrub.


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