oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On the Mimetic Association between Certain Species of Phonoctonus (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) and the Pyrrhocoridae

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The reduviid genus Phonoctonus is composed of several species of rather large predatory bugs, and is distributed over tropical Africa and Madagascar (Villiers, 1948). Economically the genus is of some interest as its members are associated with the Pyrrhocoridae, and some of them are well-known predators of Cotton-stainers (Dysdercus spp.). Perhaps the greatest scientific interest of the genus, however, lies in the close mimetic resemblance that members of the genus show to certain of the Pyrrhocorids on which they prey.

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