Present studies were
conducted at the Department of Zoology, University of Sindh,
Jmashoro. Collection of Berry Bugs species were carried out from
different areas of Pakistan from 2004-2009.A total of 5600 specimens
were collected and preserved as per standard procedure.The material
was studied, compared and classified according to available
During present studies, twenty six species are studied out of which
nine new species of four genera are described i.e. Apodiphus
balochiensis n. sp., Carenplistus mazharulhaqi n. sp., Halys
lahoriensis n. sp., H. pakistanensis n. sp., H. shikarpuriensis n.
sp., H. sindillus Memon, Meier and Manan (2006), H. spinosus n. sp.,
Salixocoris ahmedi n. sp. and S. excavatus Memon and Manan 2004.
In addition seventeen already described species of seven genera have
also been collected and studied from different localities and
different host plants in Pakistan.These species include Apodiphus
integricepes Horvath, A. jaglotensis Ahmad and Ahmad, Carenoplistus
acutus (Signoret), Erthesina pakistanensis Ahmed et. al., Halys
fabricii Fabricius, H. serrigera (Westwood), H. sulcatus (Thunberg),
Neohalys acuticornis Ahmed and Parveen, N. longirostratus Ahmed and
Parveen, N. minirostratus Ahmed and Parveen, Salixocoris
peshawerensis Ahmed and Abbasi, S. sindellus Ahmed and Kamaluddin,
Sarju eremica (Hoberlandt), S. farida Ghauri, S. lata Ghauri, S.
lata quadrata Ghauri, S. pavlovski (Kirichenko).
During present studies two new host plants viz. Cono plant (Conocarpus
latifolia) and Kandi (Prosopus cinereria) have been recorded, which
is a new addition in the existing literature.
In addition, surprising amount of variations, in general were found
in all recorded genera but particularly in the genus Halys
especially in the characters that are constant, particularly within
the species and also among Halyine genera, such as male and female
genital characters. In males, the blade of paramere which play a key
role not only at specific level but is important at generic level as
well. In females, some variations in number and shape of the
processes of spermathecal bulbs have been observed.A new species of
little known genus Carenoplistus have been described and recorded
already described species from new localities and two new species of
genus Salixocoris has been added after (30) thirty years.
Present studies aims at taxonomic arrangement and phylogenetic
relationships of closely related genera and species and modified
keys of genera and species of tribe Halyini which will be a new
information for taxonomist, particularly in Pakistan.