Polyctenidae

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Polyctenidae
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Polyctenes sp.
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Polyctenidae

Westwood, 1874

The Polyctenidae are a rarely collected family of parasitic bugs of the superfamily Cimicoidea. Polyctenidae species or bat bugs are obligate, hematophagous ectoparasites of bats. These insects are not to be confused with cimicid bat bugs, which are members of the family Cimicidae. A significant relationship appears to soccurbetween the family groups and the species of hosts that indicates co-evolution and specialization.[1]

There are currently 32 species of polyctenid bat bugs recognized world wide belonging to two subfamilies and five genera.[2] Polyctenidae species occur both in the Old World[3] (subfamily Polycteninae) and New World (subfamily Hesperocteninae).

These species are included:

Subfamily Polycteninae:

Genus Adroctenes

Genus Eoctenes

Genus Hypoctenes

Genus Polyctenes

Subfamily Hesperocteninae:

Genus Hesperoctenes

References[edit]

  1. ^ T. C. Maa (1964). "A review of the Old World Polyctenidae (Hemiptera)" (PDF). Pacific Insects. Bishop Museum. 6 (3): 494–516.
  2. ^ Dick, Carl W.; Bindokas, Michael. "CHECKLIST OF WORLD POLYCTENIDAE (HEMPITERA: CIMICOIDEA)". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ Maa, T. C. (1964). "A review of the Old World Polyctenidae". Pacific Insects. 6: 494–516.