oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - New species of Isometopinae from South Africa (Hemiptera: Miridae)



The Isometopinae represent an isolated subfamily of Miridae. Relationship with the Miridae has been generally recognized, but the presence of ocelli, the vertical head, the two-segmented tarsi, and the distinctive habitus of the isometopids have led many modern workers to treat them as worthy of familial status. Carayon (1958) in a carefully reasoned analysis has shown conclusively that not only do isometopids agree with other Miridae in most essential morphological features but also, as previously recognized, that they comprize a polyphyletic group.


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