Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access


Neotropical Physoderinae revisited, with description of a new, sexually dimorphic species of Leptophysoderes Weirauch (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)



The small reduviid subfamily Physoderinae has the greatest species diversity in the Oriental region and Madagascar. Only the two monotypic genera Cryptophysoderes Wygodzinsky and Maldonado and Leptophysoderes Weirauch are currently known from the Neotropical region. We here describe and document a new, sexually dimorphic species of Physoderinae, Leptophysoderes sarapiqui sp. nov. from Costa Rica. The generic diagnosis of Leptophysoderes is modified to accommodate the new species. Females and immatures of Leptophysoderes are documented for the first time.


Assassin bug, Physoderinae, New World, Costa Rica, revised genus diagnosis, Hemiptera, Madagascar

Full Text:

PDF/A (9.54 MB)


Cao, L., Tomokuni, M. & Cai, W. (2011) Taxonomic notes on Physoderinae (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) from China. Zootaxa, 2888, 23–30.

Chlond, D. (2011) A new species of the Madagascan genus Rodepirea Villiers, 1962 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Physoderinae). Heteropterus Revista de Entomología, 11, 235–240.

Davranoglou, L.R. (2014) A new micropterous species of Physoderes from Fiji Islands (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Physoderinae). Zootaxa, 3838 (2), 233–241.

Hwang, W.S. & Weirauch, C. (2012) Evolutionary history of assassin bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Reduviidae): insights from divergence dating and ancestral state reconstruction. PLoS ONE, 7 (9), 1–12. e45523.

Hwang, W.S. (2012) Systematics of Reduviidae with emphases on the subfamilies Reduviinae, Triatominae, and Physoderinae. PhD dissertation, University of California, Riverside, 293 pp.

Maldonado, J. (1990) Systematic Catalogue of the Reduviidae of the World (Insecta: Heteroptera). University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 694 pp. [Special edition of the Caribbean Journal of Science]

Rédei, D. (2012) Porcelloderes impenetrabilis gen. & sp. n. from Tanzania, an assassin bug camouflaging in the adult stage (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Physoderinae). African Invertebrates, 53, 601–613.

Weirauch, C. (2006) New genus and species of Physoderinae (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) from the New World, with a revised diagnosis of Physoderinae Miller. American Museum Novitates, 3510, 1–9.[1:NGASOP]2.0.CO;2

Wygodzinsky, P. & Maldonado, J. (1972) Description of the first genus of Physoderine assassin bugs (Reduviidae, Hemiptera) from the New World. American Museum Novitates, 2504, 1–7.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

ISSN 1175-5326 (Print Edition) & ISSN 1175-5334 (Online Edition)
Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand
A founding journal of Biotaxa