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Published: 2020-08-20
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Redescription of the African assassin bug Ectomocoris proximus (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) with a new synonymy

Department of Entomology, China Agricultural University, Yuanmingyuan West Road, Beijing 100094, China.
Department of Life Sciences (Insects), The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5 BD, U.K.
Department of Entomology, China Agricultural University, Yuanmingyuan West Road, Beijing 100094, China.
Hemiptera Peiratinae taxonomy Afrotropical Region


The African peiratine assassin bug species, Ectomocoris proximus Miller, 1952 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) is redescribed and E. limbatus Miller, 1952, syn. nov., is placed as its junior synonym. Types of both nominal species were examined, habitus images and figures of the male genitalia are provided.



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