The genus Xenobates (Hemiptera: Veliidae) in the Philippines: overview and description of two new species
Zettel Herbert, Laciny Alice, Bongo Juvy P.
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 61(1): 221-230, 2021
Published online: 8th June 2021
Abstract: The Philippine species of Xenobates Esaki, 1927 are reviewed, with the
exception of the Xenobates argentatus complex. Two species are described as new:
Xenobates nypicola sp. nov. and X. riedli sp. nov. The presence of Xenobates
murphyi Andersen, 2000 in the Philippines is confirmed. The taxonomically
unresolved Xenobates argentatus complex is represented in the Philippines by at
least six morphologically very similar species, but the typical X. argentatus
Andersen, 2000, a species described from Thailand, must be excluded from the
Philippine fauna. An identification key to the hitherto described species of the
Philippines is provided. All species are illustrated. Xenobates species inhabit
a wide variety of mangrove habitats along the Philippine coasts; Xenobates
nypicola sp. nov. typically inhabits coastal swamps with Nypa fruticans.
Key words: Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Veliidae, Haloveliinae, Xenobates, new species, taxonomy, mangrove, Philippines, Oriental Region