n African Entomology - Revision of Schuh and Poppius (Hemiptera: Miridae), a monophyletic group of Crotalarieae-feeding Phylinae from South Africa with a discussion of hosts and distributions : research article

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The South African sister genera Schuh and Poppius are revised. A monophyletic group containing both genera is diagnosed. Two new species of are described, bringing the total to three. Seven new species of are described, bringing the total to 11. Morphological details are documented with light and scanning electron microscopy; whole insects are documented with colour digital photographs. Approaches to species discrimination are discussed. is shown to be broadly distributed across South Africa and Namibia whereas is restricted to Namaqualand and the Little Karoo. Extensive host documentation is presented, indicating that both insect genera are restricted to plant genera placed in the tribe Crotalarieae (Fabaceae: Faboideae), and that most species are restricted to a single host genus; most species breed only on the monophyletic Cape Group within Crotalarieae. Host plants are documented with colour digital images from the field and from herbarium specimens.

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