Triatoma ryckmani (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the epiphyte Tillandsia xerographica (Bromeliaceae) in the semiarid region of Guatemala
2004 (English)In: Journal of Medical Entomology, ISSN US ISSN 0022-2585, Vol. 41, no 3, 321-323 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
For the first time, the reduviid bug Triatoma ryckmani Zeledón and Ponce (Hemiptera; Reduviidae) was recorded to inhabit the epiphyte Tillandsia xerographica Rohweder (Bromeliaceae) in the semiarid region of Guatemala. These bromeliads grow mainly in drought-resistant trees with rough bark such as Pereskia lychnidiflora (Cactaceae). In our study site, we investigated 30 T. xerographica, and 53 specimens of T. ryckmani were found. Most T. ryckmani (68.5%) were unfed. Ants (Formicidae) were the predominant (92.2%) insect taxon in T. xerographica. Other insects such as Blattidae (3.0%), Reduviidae (T. ryckmani: 2.5%), Blaberidae (2.2%), Gryllidae (0.1%), and Acrididae (0.1%) were recorded in the bromeliads. T. xerographica is illegally commercialized without previous inspection. This may cause accidental introduction of T. ryckmani to houses and to other countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 41, no 3, 321-323 p.
"Tillandsia xerographica", "Triatoma ryckmani", "Guatemala", "habitat", "semiarid region"
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-70324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-70324DiVA: diva2:98235