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Stridulobates anderseni, a new genus and species of ptilomerine Gerridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) with 'stridulatory devices' from South India

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Stridulobates anderseni gen. n. & sp. n. from South India (Karnataka, Kerala) is described. It is the first species of the subfamily Ptilomerinae known to bear possible stridulatory devices. These structures, which only occur in the male, are situated on the mesotrochanter ('plectrum') and abdominal stemites 2-6 ('strigil'). Stridulobates nostras (Thirumalai, 1986) is a new combination for Pleciobates nostras. Possible relationships of Stridulobates with other genera of Ptilomerinae and the possible use of stridulation in Stridulobates are discussed.

Affiliations: 1: Naturhistorisches Museum in Wien, 2. Zoologische Abteilung, Burgring 7, 1014 Vienna, Austria; 2: Zoological Survey of India, Southern Regional Station, 100, Santhome High Road, Chennai 600 028, India


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