Thursday, 22 July 2010

New hemipteran species from New Caledonia

In the same issue of Zootaxa describing the manuka scale insect, another hemipteran was described. Teabooma secunda is the second species of the genus (which is endemic to New Caledonia) to be described. It is in the family Cydnidae which are common and widespread. They are frequently mistaken for beetles, and it is usually only a careful look with some magnification that will reveal the mistake. It's a poorly known family, but they are thought to feed on roots, seeds and fallen branches. None are known for their economic importance.

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