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The use of mean instead of smallest interspecific distances exaggerates the size of the "barcoding gap" and leads to misidentification.
Evidence is provided based on 43,137 COI sequences from 12,459 Metazoan species that barcoding gaps based on mean interspecific distances are artificially inflated and that only smallest inter Specific distances correctly reflect that species identification gets more difficult as more species are sampled.
A taxonomic monograph of the assassin bug genus Zelus Fabricius (Hemiptera: Reduviidae): 71 species based on 10,000 specimens
Abstract The New World assassin bug genus Zelus Fabricius, 1803 (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae: Harpactorini) is revised based on more than 10,000 specimens. Seventy-one
Zelus renardii and Z. tetracanthus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae): Biological Attributes and the Potential for Dispersal in Two Assassin Bug Species
Documentation of the distribution and habitat of Z. renardii in its native range in North and Central America and compare it with Z. tetracanthus Stål is presented to contribute toward an understanding of the differences in invasiveness between the 2 species.
Infection rates of Triatoma protracta (Uhler) with Trypanosoma cruzi in Southern California and molecular identification of trypanosomes.
Infection rates of the native kissing bug Triatoma protracta in southern California are within the historically reported range, but differ significantly between the two sites, suggesting non-clonality of some T. cruzi genotypes.
Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation
Author(s): Thomson, Scott A; Pyle, Richard L; Ahyong, Shane T; Alonso-Zarazaga, Miguel; Ammirati, Joe; Araya, Juan Francisco; Ascher, John S; Audisio, Tracy Lynn; Azevedo-Santos, Valter M; Bailly,
Molecular phylogeny of Harpactorini (Insecta: Reduviidae): correlation of novel predation strategy with accelerated evolution of predatory leg morphology
It is argued that the novel sticky trap predation strategy may allow sticky bugs to alleviate functional constraints on the fore femur and thus to attain a higher rate of evolution than other Harpactorini or Reduviidae and the possibility that sticky bugs represent a case of adaptive radiation.
Sticky predators: a comparative study of sticky glands in harpactorine assassin bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Reduviidae)
Taxonomic distribution of sticky glands and sundew setae is investigated and found sticky glands in 12 genera of Harpactorini and shows that sticky trap predation is much more widespread than previously suspected.
An Illustrated Identification Key to Assassin Bug Subfamilies and Tribes (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)
The key is complemented by taxon treatments that provide, for each subfamily, diagnostic features, notes on taxonomy and distribution, a comment on taxa occurring in Canada, natural history notes, and a short bibliography.
Molecular phylogeny of Harpactorinae and Bactrodinae uncovers complex evolution of sticky trap predation in assassin bugs (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)
This study reconstructs a phylogeny of Reduviidae focusing on the Harpactorinae and Bactrodinae that engage in sticky trap predation and illustrates, for the first time, the complex evolutionary pattern of sticky trappredation within assassin bugs.