Two new species of Belostoma Latreille, 1807 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) of plebejum group sensu Nieser, 1975

Species of plebejum group comprises seven extant small species of giant water bugs. This group is currently reported from Honduras to southern South America. Two new species are described as a result from a revisional study of this group: Belostoma estevezae Ribeiro & Alecrim, sp. nov., from Mato Grosso State, Brazil, and B. nessimiani Ribeiro & Alecrim, sp. nov., from Amazonas State, Brazil. The prosternal keel of B. estevezae, sp. nov., is similar to that of B. nicaeum Estévez & Polhemus, 2007, while the male genitalia structures of B. nessimiani, sp. nov., is similar to those of B. parvum Estévez & Polhemus, 2007. A key to the species of plebejum group with new species included is also provided.

Nepomorpha; Giant water bugs; Taxonomy; Neotropics; Brazil

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