Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/23/2003
Publication Date: 7/23/2003
Citation: Costa, L.A., Henry, T.J. 2003. Fulvius chaguenus carvalho and costa: redescription and recognition of type specimens(heteroptera: miridae: cylapinae: fulviini). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 106: 417-420 Interpretive Summary: The family Miridae, often called plant bugs, represents the largest true bug family and contains numerous agriculturally important species. Many plant bugs are important crop pests, causing significant economic losses in the United States. However, a growing number of these bugs, such as members of the genus Fulvius, are predators of various pest insects. This paper presents a description and type data for a species previously described from Paraguay. The authors of this predatory species inadvertently created potential confusion when they omitted the formal description and list of type specimens in their publication. The information presented in this paper will be help stabilize the name of this potentially important predator and will be useful to taxonomists and agricultural researchers involved in biological control of crop pests.
Technical Abstract: Fulvius chaguenus is redescribed and its type specimens are recognized. Carvalho and Costa (1994) revised the New World species of Fulvius and included figures of the adult holotype and male genitalia of F. chaguenus and included it in their identification key from Paraguay, but inadvertently omitted the text description and type data for this species. Provided for F. chaguenus in this paper are a formal adult description, type data for the holotype and associated paratypes, figures of the adult and male genitalia, and diagnostic information to help separate it from other New World species of Fulvius Stål.