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Published: 2022-10-28

A new micropterous species of the Assassin Bug genus Sastrapada Amyot & Serville, 1843 (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Reduviidae) from Japan

CTI REED Co., Ltd. Kamikisaki1-14-6, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan
Taxonomy Stenopodainae biology eastern Asia sifting

Abstract

Sastrapada lativentralis sp. nov. is described based on specimens that were previously collected from Ryukyus, Japan, and during field surveys. Additional specimens were also obtained and photographed alive during a recent field survey in Ryukyus. This species is characterized by a distinctively broad abdomen and very shortened hemelytra. It can be distinguished from other species of Sastrapada Amyot & Serville, 1843, especially the related species S. brevicornis Breddin, 1900, S. brevipennis China, 1940, and S. microptera Miller, 1940, by the broader abdomen and the two-segmented protarsi. This new species is only known in the micropterous form at this time.

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