Translator Disclaimer
1 May 2004 Triatoma ryckmani (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the Epiphyte Tillandsia xerographica (Bromeliaceae) in the Semiarid Region of Guatemala
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

For the first time, the reduviid bug Triatoma ryckmani Zeledón and Ponce (Hemiptera; Reduviidae) was recorded to inhabit the epiphyte Tillandsia xerographica Rohweder (Bromeliaceae) in the semiarid region of Guatemala. These bromeliads grow mainly in drought-resistant trees with rough bark such as Pereskia lychnidiflora (Cactaceae). In our study site, we investigated 30 T. xerographica, and 53 specimens of T. ryckmani were found. Most T. ryckmani (68.5%) were unfed. Ants (Formicidae) were the predominant (92.2%) insect taxon in T. xerographica. Other insects such as Blattidae (3.0%), Reduviidae (T. ryckmani: 2.5%), Blaberidae (2.2%), Gryllidae (0.1%), and Acrididae (0.1%) were recorded in the bromeliads. T. xerographica is illegally commercialized without previous inspection. This may cause accidental introduction of T. ryckmani to houses and to other countries.

Ricardo Marroquín, Carlota Monroy, and Thomas G. T. Jaenson "Triatoma ryckmani (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the Epiphyte Tillandsia xerographica (Bromeliaceae) in the Semiarid Region of Guatemala," Journal of Medical Entomology 41(3), 321-323, (1 May 2004). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-41.3.321
Received: 1 July 2003; Accepted: 1 November 2003; Published: 1 May 2004
JOURNAL ARTICLE
3 PAGES

This article is only available to subscribers.
It is not available for individual sale.
+ SAVE TO MY LIBRARY

SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top