A survey of the saicine assassin bugs of Taiwan (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae)

Rédei Dávid, Tsai Jing-Fu
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 15-32, 2010
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Abstract: The assassin bug subfamily Saicinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) of Taiwan is surveyed. Seven species belonging to the genera Gallobelgicus Distant, 1906 and Polytoxus Spinola, 1850 are recognized. Lectotype is designated for Saica fuscovittata Stål, 1860 (currently Polytoxus), a species of doubtful identity until now. The following new synonymies are proposed: Polytoxus fuscovittatus (Stål, 1860) = P. selangorensis Miller, 1940, syn. nov., = P. rufi ceps Hsiao, 1965, syn. nov. Polytoxus rufi nervis ardens Ishikawa & Yano, 2002, stat. nov., is downgraded to a subspecies of P. rufi nervis Hsiao, 1965. The saicine genera and species occurring in Taiwan are keyed and diagnosed. Distributional data are provided for species occurring in Taiwan and several South and South-East Asian countries (Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam. Philippines, India).
Key words: Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Reduviidae, Saicinae, taxonomy, Taiwan
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