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Korean Journal of Applied Entomology Vol.54 No.3 pp.257-261

A New record of Genus Eocanthecona Bergroth (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Asopinae) from the Korean Peninsula

Hodan Lee, Junggon Kim, Sunghoon Jung*
Laboratory of Systematic Entomology, Department of Applied Biology, College of Agriculture and life Sciences, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea
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February 26, 2015 May 20, 2015 June 8, 2015


A genus, Eocanthecona Bergroth (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Asopinae), is reported from the Korean Peninsula for the first time based on the species of Eocanthecona japanicola (Esaki & Ishihara, 1950). The morphological information such as description and diagnosis, and biological information are provided.

한반도 미기록속 Eocanthecona Bergroth (노린재목: 노린 재아목: 노린재과: 주둥이노린재아과)에 대한 보고

이 호단, 김 정곤, 정 성훈*
대전광역시 충남대학교 농업생명과학대학 응용생물학과 곤충분류학실험실


한반도 주둥이노린재과의 미기록속 Eocanthecona 속을 처음으로 확인하고 Eocanthecona japanicola (Esaki & Ishihara, 1950)의 한반도 분 포를 보고한다. 성충표본과 생식기 사진 등의 형태학적 정보 및 생태학적 정보가 함께 제공된다.

    Ministry of Environment

    A subfamily Asopinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) is composed of approximately 63 genera and 357 species known (Schuh and Slater, 1995). Among the asopine genera, the genus Eocanthecona is generally distributed in the Palaearctic region. Some species in this genus are biological control agents against insect pests, for example, Eocanthecona furcellata (Wolff, 1881) is an important predator for controlling lepidopteran larva in cotton, chickpea and vegetable fields in Southeast Asia, Japan, India, and Taiwan (Schuh and Slater, 1995; Gupta et al., 2013; Carl and Antonio, 2000). In this study, the genus Eocanthecona is reported from the Korean Peninsula for the first time based on the specimens of E. japonicola (Esaki & Ishihara, 1950), and description and diagnosis of the genus and the species based on the Korean specimens are provided.

    All measurements in this paper are given in millimeters (mm). Terminology mainly follows Thomas (1994) and Fan (2013). Depository of the examined specimens is the Insect Collections in Laboratory of Systematic Entomology in Chungnam National University (CNU), Daejeon, Korea.


    Genus EocantheconaBergroth, 1915 얼룩주둥이노린재속 (신칭)

    Eocanthecona Bergroth 1915: 484. Type species: Cimex furcellata Wolff.

    Diagnosis. Recognized by first segment of rostrum especially thick, juga disconnected each other, humeral margins of pronotum crenulate or denticulate; corium generally mottled pattern.

    Eocanthecona japanicola (Esaki & Ishihara, 1950)

    얼룩주둥이노린재 (신칭)

    Cantheconidea japanicolaEsaki & Ishihara, 1950: 54.

    Eocanthecona japonicolaThomas, 1994: 176.

    Diagnosis. Recognized by base of third antennal segment pale brown, humeral angles slightly prominent, sclerite of vesica H-shaped.

    Description. Male: Body generally dark brown tinged with polish green (Fig. 1A).

    Head greenish dark brown, with longitudinal dark brown line with yellow spots; juga disconnected each other; compound eyes somewhat reddish brown; ocelli reddish brown; antennae almost dark brown, basal part of third antennal segment pale brown, 1/2 basal part of fourth antennal segment pale brown; rostrum generally brown, fourth rostral segment somewhat reddish dark brown, first rostral segment much thicker than other segments, reaching to hindcoxae, proportion of each rostral segment as 1.12:1.43:1.22:1.14.

    Pronotum generally mottled dark brown, margin of pronotum polished greenish brown, humeral margins of pronotum denticulate, humeral angles of pronotum slightly prominent; scutellum almost dark brown tinged with polished greenish brown, apice of scutellum somewhat yellowish pale brown, posterior apex of scutellum somewhat narrowly elongated; corium almost mottled dark brown, lateral margin of corium straight, membrane generally dark brown; legs generally dark brown, middle part of midtibia and hindtibia pale brown, first and second tarsal segment of midleg pale brown, 1/2 apical part of third tarsal segment of hindleg dark brown.

    Abdomen generally pale brown, almost reaching to apex of membrane. Genitalia: pygophore somewhat rectangular (Fig. 2A, B), with a pair of triangular parameres (Fig. 2C, D), vesica membranous with H-shaped sclerite (Fig. 2E).

    Female: Similar as in males, somewhat bigger than male (see measurements). Genitalia: gonocoxites I pale yellow, weak puncture. Gonocoxite II polish green, somewhat rectangular, middle part narrow. Paratergits IX dark brown, somewhat rectangular with puncture. Paratergits VIII polish green, somewhat triangular with deep puncture (Fig. 2A), gonocoxite II somewhat prominent in lateral view (Fig. 3B).

    Measurements. (1♂/2♀) Body length 11.4/14.0-15.0; length of head 2.2/2.3-2.4, width across eyes 2.2/2.3-2.5, interocular distance 1.1/1.2-1.3; length of antennomeres (I) 0.3/0.3-0.3: (II) 1.3/1.4-1.5: (III) 1.2/1.3-1.3: (IV) 1.7/1.7-1.8: (V) 1.7/1.6-1.8; median length of pronotum 2.4/3.1-3.4, humeral width 5.8/6.4-7.2; length of scutellum 3.7/4.4-4.7, width of scutellum 3.4/3.7-4.1.

    Specimens examined. 1♂, Yeousu-si, Jeollanam-do, 26.V. 2009, S.H. Lee leg; 2♀, Suncheon-si Jeollanam-do, 23.X.2014, hibernating, under the bark of Thuja orientalis Linné (Curpressaceae), S.S. Kim leg.

    Distribution. South Korea (new record); Japan.

    Biology. The colony of this species was found hibernating in winter under the bark of Thuja orientalis Linnaeus, 1753 (Fig. 4).


    Eocanthecona japanicola. (A) Dorsal view of female adult; (B) Ventral view of female adult (Scale bars: A, B=5.0 mm).


    Male genitalia of Eocanthecona japanicola. (A) Dorsal view of pygophore; (B) Ventral view of pygophore; (C) Dorsal view of right paramere; (D) lateral view of right paramere; (E) Apical view of aedeagus (Scale bars: A, B, D=0.5 mm, C, E=0.2 mm).


    Female genitalia of Eocanthecona japanicola. (A) Posterial view of pygophore; (B) Ventral view of pygophore; (C) Dorsal view of right paramere; (D) lateral view of right paramere; (E) Apical view of aedeagus. (go.I gonocoxite I, go.II gonocoxite II, pa.VIII paratergite VIII, pa.IX paratergite IX). Scale bars: A, B=0.5 mm.


    Hibernating aggregation of E. japanicola (under bark of Thuja orientalis Linné).


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