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  • Title
    Checklist of Indian Tessarotomidae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomoidea)
    Type
    Miscellaneous
    Description
    Tessaratomids are relatively large bugs under the Superfamily Pentatomoidea comprising of 240 species under 55 genera (Rolston et al., 1993, Rider 2006 and Henry 2009). They are characterized by the proportionately small head, short labium and large sternal plate between the middle and hind coxae. These bugs are usually phytophagus, although some act as agricultural pest such as Tessaratoma papillosa, the pest of litchi (Litchi chinesis). A few species are consumed by human beings as food in some countries. Some tessaratomids exhibit parental care of their eggs and offspring. A chemical secreted by certain tessaratomids may cause damage if comes in contact with the human skin and may even cause temporary blindness. Indian tessaratomids are represented by 41 species under 14 genera of 2 subfamilies.
    Attribution
    Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore