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Bai X.,Inner Mongolia Normal University | Heiss E.,Research Entomologist | Cai W.,China Agricultural University
Zootaxa | Year: 2010

In this paper five new records for the Chinese flat bug fauna are reported: Aradus angularis Sahlberg 1886, Aradus betulae (Linnaeus 1758), Aradus distinctus Fieber 1860, Aradus tonkinensis Kormilev & Heiss 1976, and Aradus rysakovi Kiritshenko 1951. Aradus wuzhisanensis Liu 1981from Hainan Province is synonymised with Aradus candidatus Bergroth 1889, a species known from Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos. A new species, Aradus gaoligongensis n. sp. from Sichuan Province, belongs to the "transiens"-group and is described and figured. In addition, new distribution data are given for 8 Aradus species. Copyright © 2010 Magnolia Press.

Heiss E.,Research Entomologist | Guilbert E.,CNRS Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution Institute
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

From the Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber, the first known genera of Tingidae, Spinitingis n. gen. and Burmacader n. gen. with the species Spinitingis ellenbergeri n. sp. and Burmacader multivenosus n. sp., are described and figured. Their systematic placement and relationship to fossil and extant taxa are discussed. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.

Heiss E.,Research Entomologist | Marchal L.,CNRS Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution Institute
Zootaxa | Year: 2012

Nine genera and 19 species of apterous Mezirinae are recorded to date from Madagascar (Heiss 2012), all of them endem-ic. Cervinotaptera guilberti n. gen., n. sp. differs from all of them by the presence of two distinct thoracic evaporation structures and the horn of a stag-like process on pronotum. Copyright © 2012 Magnolia Press.

The last comprehensive list of Aradidae of Madagascar and adjacent islands was published by Hoberlandt (1963), comprising 20 genera and 53 species. The present annotated catalog includes many new taxa described since Hoberlandt's work, refers to taxonomic changes and synonymies and gives the actual systematic assignment and distribution of 85 species belonging to 33 genera. Copyright © 2012 Magnolia Press.

Kment P.,National Museum | Kolinova Z.,National Museum | Heiss E.,Research Entomologist
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae | Year: 2015

Type specimens from the collection of true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) deposited in the Department of Entomology, National Museum, Prague, are currently being catalogued. In this part of the catalogue dealing with the family Aradidae (infraorder Pentatomomorpha), we present precise information about the types of 79 taxa, including holotypes of 39 taxa. Additions and corrections to the previous part of the catalogue are given, concerning Enicocephalidae (3 species, 1 holotype), Notonectidae (1 species), Helotrephidae (2 species, 1 holotype), and Veliidae (4 species). © 2015 National Museum/Narodni muzeum. All rights reserved.

Heiss E.,Research Entomologist
ZooKeys | Year: 2013

As an addition to the presently poorly known aradid fauna of Ecuador, 3 new genera and 4 new species are described: Osellaptera setifera gen. n., sp. n.; Kormilevia ecuadoriana sp. n. both belonging to Mezirinae; and Carventinae Cotopaxicoris cruciatus gen. n., sp. n. and Onorecoris piceus gen. n., sp. n. An updated key is provided for all species of the Neotropical genus Kormilevia Usinger & Matsuda, 1959. © Ernst Heiss.

The flat bug fauna of East African countries has never been the subject of a comprehensive study. Most descriptions and distribution data are from colonial times, with most records coming from what is present day Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. In this checklist, the data from all available literature was assembled, and references are given for 16 genera and 37 species. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.

Dossey A.T.,Research Entomologist
Natural Product Reports | Year: 2010

Insects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on earth, with nearly 1 million species described and millions more estimated to remain undiscovered. Like all other organisms, insects and related arthropods mainly utilize chemistry to adapt to these environments in a wide variety of ways, such as for defense against predation or infection, communication and socialization, life cycle development, and surviving environmental conditions. Arthropods harbor a large variety of chemical substances used for these ecological adaptations, and this is the overarching theme of the field of chemical ecology. Progress in the field has advanced rapidly, and this comprehensive review summarizes the enormous potential for discovery of new natural products with medicinal value from among the phylum Arthropoda. This review: (1) introduces the topic of arthropod chemical biodiversity; (2) reviews cultural uses of arthropods as medicines; (3) provides an overview of insect chemical defense studies and modern natural product analytical methods; (4) describes examples from the literature of insect-derived substances with medicinally relevant biological properties; and (5) summarizes the aforementioned topics to emphasize the value of arthropods as reservoirs of potentially useful new natural products. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

This paper deals with the revision of the flat bug genus Barcinus Stål 1873 recorded from the Oriental-Papuan Region. Newly available additional material and biogeographical considerations allowed the distinction of discrete species groups, which-in addition to the type genus Barcinus-are defined and proposed as Heterobarcinus n. gen., Papuabarcinus n. gen. and Brachybarcinus n. gen. The genus Barcinus remains monotypic, with the species horridus Stål 1873. To Heterobarcinus n. gen. is assigned the species bhoutanensis (Usinger &Matsuda 1959), kormilevi (Bai, Heiss &Cai 2006), schaeferi n. sp. (China, Fujian) and minor n. sp. (China, Yunnan). The genus Papuabarcinus n. gen. contains the species ceramensis (Usinger &Matsuda 1959), laminiferus (Walker 1873), papuensis (Usinger &Matsuda 1959), productus (Usinger &Matsuda 1959), truncatus (Kormilev 1955), riedeli n. sp. and intermedius n. sp. (both from Irian Jaya). For vietnamensis n. sp. (Vietnam, Southern China), secundus n. sp. (China, Fujian, Guangxi) and baianus n. sp. (China Yunnan) the new genus Brachybarcinus n. gen. is erected. Copyright © 2010 Magnolia Press.

A new genus of apterous Carventinae from the Malaysian mainland, Cameronaptera n. gen. with the species glabrinotum n.sp., is described and figured. Because of its habitus and abdominal structures, it is not related to any other Oriental Carventinae. Copyright © 2010.

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