oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On the biology of certain West African species of Phonoctonus (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), mimetic predators of the Pyrrhocoridae

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The species of Phonoctonus are rather large African reduviids which prey on various members of the Pyrrhocoridae, a marked mimetic resemblance often existing between predator and prey. At one time or another three species have been found, more or less commonly, in the southern savannah region of Gold Coast. The three species are P. fasciatus Beauvois, P. subimpictus Stal, and P. lutescens, Guerin and Percheron, and the present paper is an account of their immature stages.

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