Revisiting Paternal Care in the Assassin Bug, Atopozelus pallens (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)

  title={Revisiting Paternal Care in the Assassin Bug, Atopozelus pallens (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)},
  author={Douglas W. Tallamy and Evelyn J. Walsh and Daniel C. Peck},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
Exclusive paternal care is exceptionally rare among arthropods, with reports of this behavior in only 13 phylogenetically independent lineages (Tallamy, 2000, 2001). Scott Ralston (1977) described males of an unidentified Zelus species aggressively defending aggregations of egg clutches from predators and parasites. This was a particularly interesting and important observation because it was (and remains) the only record of paternal care in New World Reduviidae and suggested remarkable… CONTINUE READING
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