Cephaloplatus

Cephaloplatus pertyi, copyright Glenda Walter.

Belongs within: Pentatominae.

Cephaloplatus is an Australian genus of moderately-sized shield bugs with a broad head bearing expanded juga (Gross 1976).

Characters (from Gross 1976): Rather oval, moderate-sized, reddish-brown, yellowish-brown, or blackish-brown in colour. Head rather large, apically flattened or concave. Juga laterally expanded, produced well in front of anteclypeus, anterior margins rounded or truncate, lateral margins sometimes produced into prominent lobe or spine in front of eyes. Antennae slender. Bucculae not reaching base of head. Pronotum rather flat, anterior margin strongly concave, lateral margin explanate and produced into flattened angulate or lobate process reaching forward to at least posterior margin of eye and lying just exteriorly of true anterior angle; anterolateral margins behind this may be expanded laminately, frequently crenulate or serrate. Scutellum substantially triangular, relatively large. Hemelytra always wider than abdomen in basal half, generally narrowing apically. Prosternum shallowly depressed, mesosternum little convex with median longitudinal raised line or flattened ridge. Laterotergites unarmed. Male pygophore with posterior V-shaped or arcuate raised ridge below.

<==Cephaloplatus White 1842 (Cephaloplatus) G76
|–*C. (C.) pertyi (White 1842) [=Dryptocephalus (*C.) pertyi] G76
|–C. (C.) australis G76
|–C. (C.) bellus Gross 1970 G76
|–C. (C.) clementi G76
|–C. (C.) granulatus Bergroth 1895 G76
|–C. (C.) minchami Gross 1976 G76
|–C. (C.) nubifer Bergroth 1916 G76
|–C. (C.) pallipes Walker 1868 G76
|–C. (C.) pellewensis G76
`–C. (C.) reticulatus Bergroth 1895 G76

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[G76] Gross, G. F. 1976. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera—Part II. Handbook of the Flora and Fauna of South Australia.

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