n African Entomology - (Linnavuori, 1977) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Cydnidae) : first record from Uganda : short communication

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The present note reports the first Ugandan record of (Linnavuori, 1977), a rarely collected African burrower bug species (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Cydnidae). This record increases the number of Cydnidae genera reported from Uganda to seven, with a total of 12 species.

Cydnidae belong to the superfamily Pentatomoidea and are known by almost 700 species distributed in all zoogeographical regions of the world (Lis 1996, 1999, 2006; Lis & Lis 2014). Species of the family are well-known by the common name of burrower (or burrowing) bugs, because of their ability to dig into the ground. This behaviour is possible mainly due to their strong and well-developed tibial and coxal combs (Lis & Schaefer 2005; Lis 2010), and the setae on the sides of their heads (Lis & Pluot-Sigwalt 2002).

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