First cases of exclusive paternal care in stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

First cases of exclusive paternal care in stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Author Requena, Gustavo S. Google Scholar
Nazareth, Taís M. Google Scholar
Schwertner, Cristiano Feldens Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Machado, Glauco Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Abstract We describe paternal care in two pentatomid bugs, Lopadusa (Lopadusa) augur Stål, 1860 and Edessa nigropunctata Berg, 1884. Field and laboratory observations showed that males remain with their eggs and early hatched nymphs, while females abandon the eggs after oviposition. Guarding males defensive behaviors towards their clutches were similar to those described for guarding females of pentatomids. Since there is no detailed information on the internal phylogeny of Pentatomidae, it is not possible to make a robust inference on whether paternal care in L. augur and E. nigropunctata has arisen independently or not. If the latter, the two new cases of paternal care we describe here represent the fifth event of independent evolution of this rare behavioral trait in Heteroptera.
Keywords Edessa nigropunctata
egg guarding
Lopadusa augur
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2010-01-01
Published in Zoologia (Curitiba). Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia, v. 27, n. 6, p. 1018-1021, 2010.
ISSN 1984-4670 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia
Extent 1018-1021
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000286573500026
SciELO ID S1984-46702010000600026 (statistics in SciELO)

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