Diaphorocoris punctatissimus (Kirby)

Sites, Robert W. & Zettel, Herbert, 2011, Waterfall-inhabiting Naucoridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) of southern India and Sri Lanka: Pogonocaudina Sites and Zettel, n. gen., and a review of Diaphorocoris with descriptions of two new sp, Zootaxa 2760, pp. 1-17: 16

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Diaphorocoris punctatissimus (Kirby)
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Diaphorocoris punctatissimus (Kirby) 

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Naucoris punctatissima Kirby, 1891: 125  .

Diaphorocoris notatus Montandon, 1897 a: 61  .

Diaphorocoris punctatissimus Montandon, 1897 b: 445  .

Diagnosis. This species can be distinguished from D. dubreuili  by size: D. punctatissimus  is 7–8 mm in length, whereas D. dubreuili  is over 9 mm. It can be distinguished from D. kiliyur  most easily by the medium brown to reddish brown ventral coloration, whereas the latter species is dark brown to black. It can be distinguished from both D. kiliyur  and D. arunachalami  by the pronotum’s being broadly sunken below the level of the rounded ridge of the anterior margin, whereas the other species have some flattening or concavity, but are not sunken below the level of the anterior margin; the dark coloration of the embolium immediately anterior to the distal mesal incursion of the yellowish-white marginal coloration extends only halfway from the embolar suture to the lateral margin; and the marginal vestiture of the embolium is a row of short, brown pegs ( Fig. 14 View Figure ).

Discussion. This species is known only from Sri Lanka, whereas the other three species of Diaphorocoris  have been recorded only from India. Although more collecting is needed, this species appears to be geographically distinct from its congeners. Kirby's (1891) report that D. punctissimus was collected on wet rocks near running water was previously the only notation in the literature concerning biology or ecology for any species in the genus.

Material examined. SRIAbout SRI LANKA: Bad. Dist., Koslanda, Diyaluma Falls, 19 March 1973, 3,000 ft, Baumann & Cross (1 male). " Ceylon Kirkaldy" (1 male). Punduloya, III.[18] 97, leg. E.E. Green (2 males). Simharaja Forest, II. 1993, leg. Ehrmann (2 females).

SRI

Serengetti Research Institute

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Naucoridae

Genus

Diaphorocoris

Loc

Diaphorocoris punctatissimus (Kirby)

Sites, Robert W. & Zettel, Herbert 2011

2011
Loc

Naucoris punctatissima

Kirby 1891: 125

Loc

Diaphorocoris notatus

Montandon 1897: 61

Loc

Diaphorocoris punctatissimus

Montandon 1897: 445