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Egypt. J. Exp. Biol. (Zoo.). 2013; 9(1): 33-60


Salwa K. Mohamed Sohair M. Gad Allah Hassan H. Fadel Rawda M. Badawy Rabab F. Sawaby.


The present review on family Rhyparochromidae (Hemiptera: Lygaeoidea) from Egypt confirme 47 species under 30 genera within 9 tribes against 39 species belonging to 29 genera in the list of Priesner and Alfieri (1953), without classification into tribes.The family has been subjected to many changes during the last forty years especially at tribal level. Tribe Drymini comprises 4 genera and 4 species, with the new recorded species Taphropeltus contractus (Herrich and Schaeffer, 1835); Tribe Gonianotini contains 4 genera and 12 species; Lethaeini with 2 genera and 3 species; Megalonotini has 5 genera, 6 species; Myodochini with 5 genera, 5 species; Stygnocorini (2 genera, 3 species); Rhyparochromini (12 species within 6 genera); Ozophorini and Phasmosomini include only one genus and one species for each. Depending on the recent taxonomic works on Rhyparochromidae, the two subgenera Liolobus Reuter, 1885 and Xanthochilus Stal, 1872 of genus Aphanus Laporte, 1833 are raised to the generic level; leptopoids (Baerensprung, 1859) is displaced from genus Paromius Fieber, 1860 to genus Paraparomius Harrington, 1980; Remaudiereana annulipes (Baerensprung, 1859) is placed as a new combination from Pachybrachius annulipes (Baerensprung, 1859). Calyptonotus aethiops Douglas and Scott, 1868; Emblethis pusillus Priesner and Alfieri, 1953; Gonianotus barbarus Montandon, 1890 and Tethallotrum brevicolle Horvath, 1899 are synonymized with Aphanus rolandri (Linnaeus, 1758); Gonianotus galactodermus Fieber, 1861; G. galactodermus Fieber, 1861; and T. heteronotum (Puton, 1886), respectively. This study provides the current names, keys, specimens examined, type locality, geographical and local distribution for each species; in addition to illustrations, photographs and maps.

Key words: Taxonomy, Rhyparochromidae, New record, Egypt

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