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The Dinidoridae are a family of pentatomoid bugs that are most diverse in the tropics of the Afrotropical and Oriental Regions. The nominotypical genus occurs in South America. The family comprises 16 genera and 65 species (Durai 1987; Rolston et al. 1996; Henry 2009) worldwide. In Australia, the family is represented by four genera and six species.

Stål (1867, 1870) established the group as a subfamily of Pentatomidae. Kirkaldy (1909) catalogued the world fauna and maintained their subfamily status. Leston (1955) raised them to family level which has been followed by most subsequent authors. Durai (1987) monographed the world fauna and followed Schouteden (1913) in placing Eumenotes Westwood in the Dinidoridae. She divided the family into two subfamilies, each with two tribes, as follows: Dinidorinae (Dinidorini and Thalmini), and Megymeninae (Eumenotini and Megymenini). This classification was followed by Rolston et al. (1996) and is also used in this Catalogue.

Rolston et al. (1996) catalogued the world fauna giving complete bibliographic details. Lethierry & Severin (1893) gave the first catalogue of the world fauna. Regional catalogues include: Froeschner (1981; Ecuador, 2000; Panama). Stonedahl & Dolling (1991) list taxonomic works. Aside from Durai (1987), other key taxonomic works include: Schouteden (1913—world fauna); Ahmad & Khan (1979; Pakistan and Bangladesh); Durai (1986; Malaysia); and Lis (1990, 1992; Eastern Hemisphere).

The Australian fauna includes the four tribes, and four genera and six species, none of which is endemic to Australia. The Dinidorini are represented by Coridius brunneus (Thunberg), which occurs in the Northern Territory, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The Thalmini comprises Thalma biguttata Walker, which is known from the Torres Strait Islands (Moa Island) and Melanesia. Eumenotes obscura Westwood (Eumenotini) is recorded from Australia but from no precise locality; it is widespread in the Oriental Region. The Megymenini is represented by three species of Megymenum Guérin. No precise Australian localities are recorded for M. dentatum Guérin and M. spinosum (Burmeister), both of which are found in the Oriental Region. Megymenum affine Boisduval is recorded from Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, as well as New Guinea.

Schaefer et al. (2000) summarised the biology of dinidorids. They are known to be phytophagous, and from the available (scant) data, it appears they are mostly associated with cucurbits (Schaefer & Ahmad 1987{}). Durai (1987) reported them from numerous plant families but Schuh & Slater (1995) suggested that some of these may be 'sitting records'. A few Oriental species are pests of cucurbit crops, particularly pumpkins. Durai (1993) described the biology of Eumenotes obscura.



Dinidorids are large, ovoid, robust species. The head is laterally keeled. The bucculae are short, elevated and lobe-like. The antennae are 4 or 5-segmented. The labium is 4-segmented and reaches between the meso- and metacoxae. The scutellum is triangular, medium-sized, and does not cover the corium. The hemelytral membrane has reticulate venation. Wing polymorphism is rare, with brachyptery known in some extralimital species. The spiracles of the second abdominal segment are mostly exposed. The abdominal trichobothria are in pairs caudal to each spiracle on sterna III to VII. The tarsi are 3-segmented. The male genitalia have a membranous aedeagus and conjunctival processes. (Slater 1982; Durai 1987; Schuh & Slater 1995)


General References

Ahmad, I. & Khan, A.A. 1979. Generic and suprageneric keys with reference to a checklist of dinidorid fauna of Pakistan and Bangladesh (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea) with notes on their distribution and food plants. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. C, Journal of Biosciences 45: 1-9

Durai, P.S.S. 1986. Updating the taxonomy and distribution of the Malaysian Dinidoridae. Planti News 5(1): 4-6

Durai, P.S.S. 1987. A Revision of the Dinidoridae of the world (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea). Oriental Insects 21: 163-360

Durai, P.S.S. 1993. The life history of Eumenotes obscura Westwood (Pentatomidae: Dinidoridae). Malaysian Journal of Agriculture 55(1): 41-51

Froeschner, R.C. 1981. Heteroptera or true bugs of Ecuador: a partial catalog. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 1981(322): iv 1-147

Froeschner, R.C. 2000. True Bugs (Heteroptera) of Panama: A synoptic catalog as a contribution to the study of Panamanian biodiversity. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 62: ii 1-393

Henry, T.J. 2009. Biodiversity of the Heteroptera. pp. 223–263 in Foottit, R.G. & Adler P.H. (eds). Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell.

Kirkaldy, G.W. 1909. Catalogue of the Hemiptera (Heteroptera) with biological and anatomical references, lists of foodplants and parasites, etc. Prefaced by a discussion on nomenclature, and an analytical table of families. Cimicidae. Berlin : Felix L. Dames Vol. 1 xl 392 pp.

Leston, D.H. 1955. The aedeagus of Dinidoridae (Hem., Pentatomidae). Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 91: 214-215

Lethierry, L. & Severin, G. 1893. Catalogue Général des Hémiptères. Tome I. Hétéroptères Pentatomidae. Bruxelles : F. Hayez xi 286 pp.

Lis, J.A. 1990. New genera, new species, new records and checklist of the Old World Dinidoridae (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum, Entomology 1: 103-147

Lis, J.A. 1992. New records of oriental and Australian Dinidoridae with descriptions of two new species (Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum, Entomology 3: 35-43

Rolston, L.H., Rider, D.A., Murray, M.J. & Aalbu, R.L. 1996. Catalog of the Dinidoridae of the World. Papua New Guinea Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 39(1): 22-101

Schaefer, C.W., Panizzi, A.R. & James, D.G. 2000. Several small Pentatomoid Families (Cyrtocoridae, Dinidoridae, Eurostylidae [sic], Plataspidae, and Tessaratomidae. pp. 505-512 in Schaefer, C.W. & Panizzi, A.R. (eds). Heteroptera of Economic Importance. Boca Raton : CRC Press 828 pp.

Schaefer, C.W. & Ahmad, I. 1987. The food plants of four pentatomoid families (Hemiptera: Acanthosomatidae, Tessaratomidae, Urostylidae, and Dinidoridae). Phytophaga. Palermo 1: 21-34

Schouteden, H. 1913. Heteroptera. Fam. Pentatomidae. Subfam. Dinidorinae. Genera Insectorum 153: 1-19 2 pls

Schuh, R.T. & Slater, J.A. 1995. True Bugs of the World (Hemiptera: Heteroptera). Classification and Natural History. Ithaca : Cornell University Press xii 336 pp.

Slater, J.A. 1982. Hemiptera. pp. 417-447 in Parker, S.P. (ed.). Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms. New York : McGraw Hill Book Co.

Stål, C. 1867. Bidrag till Hemipterernas Systematik. Öfversigt af Kongelige Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar, Stockholm 24(7): 491-560

Stål, C. 1870. Enumeratio Hemipterorum. Bidrag till en förteckning öfver aller hittills kända Hemiptera, jemte systematiska meddelanden. 1. Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps-Academiens Nya Handlingar, Stockholm n.f. 9(1): 1-232

Stonedahl, G.M. & Dolling, W.R. 1991. Heteroptera identification: a reference guide, with special emphasis on economic groups. Journal of Natural History 25: 1027-1066


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