Submitted to: The Canadian Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 19, 2004
Publication Date: September 1, 2006
Citation: Henry, T.J. 2006. Revision of the New World Lygaeoid Genus Epipolops (Heteroptera: Geocoridae: Pamphantinae: Epipolopini), with descriptions of five new species and a revised key. The Canadian Entomologist. 138:504-530. Interpretive Summary: Big-eyed bugs, recognized by their kidney-shaped or stalked eyes, are a worldwide group of largely predatory true bugs. Many, such as geocoris bugs, are among the most important predators in U.S. agriculture ecosystems, feeding on the eggs and larvae of coexisting pest species. The feeding habits of the epipolops bugs, however, are not well understood. Review of the known species and new data from newly discovered species suggests that members of this genus may feed exclusively on plants, which would be the first record of phytophagy in the family. The five new species described in this paper brings the total known for the genus to 14. This information will help a broad array of scientists better understand relationships and feeding habits of these enigmatic bugs.
Technical Abstract: Five new species of the Neotropical geocorid genus Epipolops are recognized, raising the number of known species to 13. The new species E. angelae, E. kathrynae, E. scudderi, E. slateri, and E. thomasi are described, the identity of E. mucronatus Distant is clarified, and the nine previously known species are diagnosed and redescribed, and photographs and an identification key are provided to help distinguish species.