Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Vitellus antemna Breddin, 1900

Lesser Horned Citrus Bug

  • Vitellus antemna Breddin, G. 1900. Hemiptera nonnulla regionis australicae. Entomologische Nachrichten. Berlin 26(2–3): 17-46 [33].
    Type data:
     Lectotype DEIB, NSW.
    Paralectotype(s) DEIB.
  • Vitellus taurus Distant, W.L. 1910. Rhynchotal notes. LII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 6: 369-386, 465-481, 585-603 [593].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) BMNH , Cumberland, NSW; NSW (no exact locality).


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Gross, G.F. & McDonald, F.J.D. 1994. Revision of Vitellus Stål and Avicenna Distant in Australia (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 33: 265-274 [266]




New South Wales, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

QLD—Brisbane, Cooloola, Enoggera Reservoir, Lake Cooloola, Montville, North Pine River.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Qld: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Arboreal, herbivore (associated flora: Citrus sp. [RUTACEAE]), sap-feeder, subtropical, terrestrial, tropical, volant.


General References

Kirkaldy, G.W. 1909. Catalogue of the Hemiptera (Heteroptera) with biological and anatomical references, lists of foodplants and parasites, etc. Prefaced by a discussion on nomenclature, and an analytical table of families. Cimicidae. Berlin : Felix L. Dames Vol. 1 xl 392 pp. [144] (catalogue)

Panizzi, A.R., McPherson, J.E., James, D.G., Javahery, M. & McPherson, R.M. 2000. Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae). pp. 421-474 in Schaefer, C.W. & Panizzi, A.R. (eds). Heteroptera of Economic Importance. Boca Raton : CRC Press 828 pp. [456] (bionomics)

Summerville, W.A.T. 1931. The large horned citrus bug (Biprorulus bibax, Breddin). Queensland Agricultural Journal 36: 543-588 [555, pl. 141 figs 3, 4] (note, host plant)


Common Name References

Abalos, J.W. & Wygodzinsky, P. 1951. Las Triatominae argentinas (Reduviidae: Hemiptera). Instituto de Medicina Regional de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Monografia 2: 1-178 [153] (Lesser Horned Citrus Bug)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
06-Nov-2013 Pentatominae 06-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
15-Aug-2012 06-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
06-Nov-2013 MODIFIED