oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Capodemus, a new genus of Blissinae from South Africa with the description of twelve new species (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae)

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Our collecting experience in South Africa in 1967-1968 has made it evident that the taxon that has been known for many years as Blissus rusticus Stal is actually a complex consisting of a number of distinct although closely related species. Slater (1964) pointed out the heterogeneity of the South African species placed in the genus Blissus, listed a number of species ""groups"" and noted that B. rusticus and B. rostratus were closely related and very distinct from other species placed in Blissus. Ischnodemus darwini Slater, which was descriptionbed in the same paper from a single macropter, belongs to the same complex.

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