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Research Project: Integrated Pest Management of Cattle Fever Ticks

Location: Cattle Fever Tick Research Unit

Title: The Moneda Bug, Chrysodarecus moneta Breddin = Placocoris viridis Mayr (Pentatomidae: Discocephalinae: Ochlerini)

item Thomas, Donald

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/6/2020
Publication Date: 4/14/2021
Citation: Thomas, D.B. 2021. The Moneda Bug, Chrysodarecus moneta Breddin = Placocoris viridis Mayr (Pentatomidae: Discocephalinae: Ochlerini). Zootaxa. 4958.

Interpretive Summary: Stinkbugs are among the most agriculturally important insects. Multiple species are major pests of corn, rice, wheat and other grass-related crops. Several species can be found infesting a farmers field at the same time. Correct identification is required to separate the damaging species from the non-pest species. This report summarizes the anatomical differences and relationships between this bug with the scientific name "Placocoris" and other stinkbugs. This bug was found feeding on grass but is not known to be a pest.

Technical Abstract: The pentatomid genus Placocoris Mayr is removed from Pentatominae and placed in Discocephalinae: Ochlerini based on the trichobothrial arrangement. Within the Ochlerini Placocoris shares characteristics with a clade composed of Adoxoplatys and allies including the rostrum arising anteriorad, abdomen with tubercle at middle base received by a notch in the metasternum, bucculae confluent posteriorly, pronotum flat, and a double row of spines on the femora. It appears to share the same host plants with Neoadoxoplatys, species of bamboo. It is further concluded that the genus Chrysodarecus Breddin is a junior synonym of Placocoris Mayr.