I= BIODIVERSITY, BIOECOLOGY AND USE IN BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF ASSASSIN BUGS (HETEROPTERA: REDUVIIDAE)
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Title of Thesis
BIODIVERSITY, BIOECOLOGY AND USE IN BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF ASSASSIN BUGS (HETEROPTERA: REDUVIIDAE)

Author(s)
Hina Afzal
Institute/University/Department Details
Department of Zoology/ University of Karachi
Session
2006
Subject
Zoology
Number of Pages
560
Keywords (Extracted from title, table of contents and abstract of thesis)
assassin bugs, heteroptera: reduviidae, aedeagus, pseudospermatheca, bergothellus miller biasticus stål, mastocoris miller, rhynocoris hahn, scipinia stål, sphedanolestes stål, rhaphidosoma amyot, servile, cleptocoris stål, ectomocrois mayr, holoptilus lepeletier, amblythyreus, physoderes westwood, acanthaspis amyot, inara stål, pasiropsis reuter, reduvius fabricius, lisarada stål, oncocephalus klug, pygolampis germar, staccia stål, oncocephalus annulipes stål, staccia diluta

Abstract
Nineteen subfamilies of the family Reduviidae distributed world over representing 47 genera and 60 species are described from different regions of the world. of these 28 genera and 39 species are described including new records of 10 genera and 13 species from different areas of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir with description of 1 new genus and 6 new species from these areas with special reference to most ignored genitalial characters with inflation of aedeagus in the male and pseudospermatheca in the female. Keys are formulated to all the subfamilies represented world over including Pakistan. Characters of taxonomic importance are highlighted with special reference to identification of those of synapomorphic nature. Biology and Bioecology of two species are carried out with keys to different instars to recognize immature characters of phylogenetic importance. Studies are carried out in the biological control programme in the light of works surveyed on biological control by reduviids from our areas. The importance of reduviids in the control strategies of some of the pests of cash crops in Pakistan are also suggested. In this light cladistics of world subfamilial categories are carried out with a cladogram given to highlight evolutionary relationships of various categories.

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S. No. Chapter Title of the Chapters Page Size (KB)
1 0 Contents
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2 1 Introduction 1
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3 2 Review Of Literature On The External Morphology, Taxonomy And Evolutionary Affinities 6
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4 3 Materials And Methods 16
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5 4 Characters Of Taxonomic Importance 21
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  4.1 Key To The Subfamilies Of The Family Reduviidae 35
  4.2 Key To The Species Of The Genus Bergothellus Miller 115
  4.3 Key To The Species Of The Genus Biasticus Stål 121
  4.4 Key To The Species Of The Genus Mastocoris Miller 135
  4.5 Key To The Species Of The Genus Rhynocoris Hahn 154
  4.6 Key To The Species Of The Genus Scipinia Stål 173
  4.7 Key To The Species Of The Genus Sphedanolestes Stål 188
  4.8 Key To The Species Of The Genus Rhaphidosoma Amyot And Servile 195
  4.9 Key To The Species Of The Genus Cleptocoris Stål 244
  4.10 Key To The Species Of The Genus Ectomocrois Mayr 255
  4.11 Key To The Species Of The Genus Holoptilus Lepeletier And Servile 297
  4.12 Key To The Species Of The Genus Amblythyreus (Westwood ) 303
  4.13 Key To The Species Of The Genus Physoderes Westwood 329
  4.14 Key To The Species Of The Genus Acanthaspis Amyot And Servile 337
  4.15 Key To The Species Of The Genus Inara Stål 345
  4.16 Key To The Species Of The Genus Pasiropsis Reuter 351
  4.17 Key To The Species Of The Genus Reduvius Fabricius 357
  4.18 Key To The Species Of The Genus Lisarada Stål 389
  4.19 Key To The Species Of The Genus Oncocephalus Klug 414
  4.20 Key To The Species Of The Genus Pygolampis Germar 431
  4.21 Key To The Species Of The Genus Staccia Stål 438
  4.22 Key To The Various Instars Of Oncocephalus Annulipes Stål 490
  4.23 Key To The Various Instars Of Staccia Diluta ( Stål ) 497
6 5 Discussion 499
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  5.1 Studies On The Bio-Ecology 500
  5.2 Studies On The Biological Control 507
  5.3 Caladistic Analysis Of The Subfamily Of The Family Reduviidae 514
  5.4 Characters And Characterstates 521
  5.5 Discussion On Cladogram 528
7 6 References 534
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