Phylogeny, revision, and update of the geographic distribution of Stiretrus Laporte, 1833, Oplomus Spinola, 1837 e Perillus Stal 1862, and the construction of a data bank of Asopinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae)
The predatory stink bugs from the subfamily Asopinae are among the insects with potential use for the biological control of agricultural pests. Its species are distributed in a cosmopolitan way, and currently, are known 64 genera and about 300 species to the group. Despite their potential use in the integrated management of insect pests, the asopines have been little studied systematically, and the correct identification of its species has been a challenge. The author of this proposal has been realizing studies with the subfamily, and during her doctorate, she collected a great quantity of bibliographic, geographic, taxonomic, ecologic, and economic data about Asopinae, including photos of type specimens. One of the goals of this proposal is to promote the propagation of this information through the creation of a website. Besides that, as the group has been received little phylogenetic and taxonomic attention, it is intended to perform a cladistic analysis, a taxonomic review containing illustrated identification keys, and the update of the geographic distributional data for Stiretrus Laporte, Oplomus Spinola, and Perillus Stål, which are three economically important genera of Asopinae, highlighted for its complex taxonomic histories, and for the lack of updated systematics studies.
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