Species inventory, preys and host plants of Anthocoridae sensu lato (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Shiraz and its environs (Iran, Fars province)

Falamarzi Shahram, Asadi Gholamhossein, Hosseini Reza
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 49(1): 33-42, 2009
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Abstract: We study the fauna of the Anthocoridae (Heteroptera) in Shiraz and its environs (south Iran, Fars province) and record their local prey and host plants by sampling specimens from different crops and weeds. Twelve species are recorded in this study. An identification key to the species of the Anthocoridae is presented including illustrations of the male genitalia for most species. Orius niger (Wolff, 1811) was the most abundant species. Orius niger and Anthocoris minki pistaciae Wagner, 1957 are recommended as good candidates for further studies of their potential in biological control of insect pests. Dufouriellus ater (Dufour, 1833) is recorded for the first time from Iran.
Key words: Anthocoridae, key, prey, biological control, host plants, geographical distribution, Shiraz, Fars province, Iran
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