Systematics, biogeography and host associations of the lace bug genus Inoma (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Tingidae)
Cassis Gerasimos, Symonds Celia
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 48(2): 433-484, 2008
Abstract: The lace bug genus Inoma Hacker, 1927 is revised, including a rede- scription
of the genus and the type species, I. multispinosa Hacker, 1927. Eight species
are described as new to science, as follows: I. arrernte sp. nov., I. breviseta
sp. nov., I. fuscata sp. nov., I. innamincka sp. nov., I. kalbarri sp. nov., I.
silveirae sp. nov., I. solusa sp. nov. and I. stysi sp. nov. A key to species
is provided, and diagnostic characters are illustrated. Inoma angusta Drake,
1942 is not congeneric with the above species, based on the given
redescription, and is posited as incertae sedis. Inoma is endemic to Australia,
with a mostly arid distribution, with up to three species recorded from a single
locality. Host plants of Inoma are recorded for the first time, predominantly
from the angiosperm plant families, Lamiaceae and Myoporaceae, and most commonly
from species of the ubiquitous genera Eremophila and Dicrastylis.
Key words: Heteroptera, Tingidae, Inoma, systematics, biogeography, host plants, new species, Australia