2010
DOI: 10.1590/s1984-46702010000600026
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First cases of exclusive paternal care in stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Abstract: ABSTRACT. We describe paternal care in two pentatomid bugs, Lopadusa (Lopadusa) augur Stål, 1860 and Edessa nigropunctata Berg, 1884. Field and laboratory observations showed that males remain with their eggs and early hatched nymphs, while females abandon the eggs after oviposition. Guarding males defensive behaviors towards their clutches were similar to those described for guarding females of pentatomids. Since there is no detailed information on the internal phylogeny of Pentatomidae, it is not possible to… Show more

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“…These thrips are fungus‐feeders (Mound ). Further ill‐fitting cases include male‐caring Edessine bugs (Pentatomidae; Requena et al ), which are almost certainly phytophagous like other Edessines (e.g., Silva and Oliveira ) and the majority of the Pentatomidae, and whose clade contains no known female or biparental carers. We conclude that “enhanced fecundity” is unlikely to drive initial evolution of male care.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…These thrips are fungus‐feeders (Mound ). Further ill‐fitting cases include male‐caring Edessine bugs (Pentatomidae; Requena et al ), which are almost certainly phytophagous like other Edessines (e.g., Silva and Oliveira ) and the majority of the Pentatomidae, and whose clade contains no known female or biparental carers. We conclude that “enhanced fecundity” is unlikely to drive initial evolution of male care.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Post-ovipositional parental care has been recorded in at least 64 genera representing 14 families of four infraorders of heteropteran insects [ 9 16 ]. Most of them exhibit maternal care, whereas exclusive paternal care is restricted to four families only with reports of dozens of genera: Belostomatidae, Coreidae, Reduviidae, and Pentatomidae [ 15 , 17 , 18 ]. Approximately 70 % of the species in which maternal care has been documented belongs to the superfamily Pentatomoidea.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Biparental care is rare, and male-only care has only evolved in eight of the many lineages in this enormous taxonomic group (Tallamy 2000) (although new discoveries of male-only care continue to be made; e.g. Requena et al 2010). In reptiles parental care is uncommon: eggs are usual buried and abandoned.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%