Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Dictyotus caenosus (Westwood, 1837)

Brown Shield Bug


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

QLD—Boulia, Brisbane, Bunya Mountains National Park, Cunnamulla, Dalby, Flinders Is., Jeriderie, Lamington National Park, Stanthorpe, NSW—Bourke, Gladesville, Gnalta Station, Hay, Junee, Mullaley, Nyngan, Richmond River, Wagga Wagga, VIC—Bacchus March, Bamawin, Grampians National Park, TAS—Devonport, King Is., Launceston, Swansea, Ulverstone, SA—Adelaide, Belair, Cooper Point, Corny Point, Curramulka, Darke Peak, Etadunna, Emu Downs, Flinders Is., Goyder Siding, Hallett Cove, Hawker, Kangaroo Is., Lake Callabonna, Lake Frome, Lake Palanarinna, Mt Remarkable, Murray Bridge, Myponga, Naracoorte, Pt Authur, Pt Lincoln, Port Stanvac, Underdale, Wild Horse Plains, Wilpena, Yurgo, WA—Balladonia, Bowden, Boyup Brook, Bullsbrook, Capel River, Cocklebiddy, Gill Pinnacle, Maya, Moulyinning, Mullewa, Ravenswood, Toompup, Warren River, Wongan Hills, NT—Coniston Station, Junction Waterhole, Renner Springs; introduced into New Caledonia and New Zealand.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mallee (MAL), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Sturt Plateau (STU), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

Other Regions

Norfolk Island terrestrial & freshwater

Ecological Descriptors

Arboreal, gregarious, herbivore (associated flora: Medicago sativa L. [FABACEAE] Alfalfa, Lucerne; Zea mays L. [POACEAE] Maize; Brassica rapa L. [BRASSICACEAE] Turnip; Triticum sp. [POACEAE] Wheat), sap-feeder, subtropical, temperate, terrestrial, volant.

Extra Ecological Information

Parasitised by Cylindromyia bicmacula (Walker, 1849) (Diptera: Tachinidae).


General References

Butler, A.G. 1874. Insects. II. pp. 25-52 in Richardson, J. & Grey, J.E. (eds). The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. "Erebus & Terror". London : E.W. Janson. [26 pl. 7 fig. 5] (description, habitus)

Coombs, M. & Khan, S.A. 1997. New host/parasitoid records for Australian Pentatomidae, Tachinidae and Braconidae. Australian Entomologist 24(2): 61-64 (parasitism)

Froggatt, W.W. 1907. Australian Insects. Sydney : W. Brooks & Co. xiv 449 pp., 37 pls. [Date published April 11, 1907] [329] (biology)

Gross, G.F. 1975. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera. Adelaide : A.B. James Vol. 1 250 pp., 3 colour pls. [200-201, 205, 206, fig. 79] (description, habitus)

Hutton, F.W. 1898. Synopsis of the Hemiptera of New Zealand which have been described previous to 1896. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 30: 167-187 [170] (New Zealand)

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. [43-44] (catalogue, separate species)

Larivière, M.-C. 1995. Cydnidae, Acanthosomatidae, and Pentatomidae (Insecta: Heteroptera): systematics, geographical distribution, and bioecology. Fauna of New Zealand 35: 1-119 [37] (description, biology)

Lethierry, L. & Severin, G. 1893. Catalogue Général des Hémiptères. Tome I. Hétéroptères Pentatomidae. Bruxelles : F. Hayez xi 286 pp. [113, 197, 198, 199] (catalogue, separate species)

Mayr, G. 1866. Hemiptera. Reise der österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wällerstorf-Urbair. Zoologischer Theil. Zweiter Band. I. Abtheilung. B. Wien : Karl Gerold's Sohn 1-204 pls I-V. [43-44] (note)

Morrison, L. 1938. Surveys of the insect pests of wheat crops in Canterbury and North Otago during the summers of 1936–37 and 1937–38. New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology 3 20: 142-155 [154] (wheat pest)

Myers, J.G. 1922. The order Hemiptera in New Zealand with special reference to its biological economic aspects. New Zealand Journal of Science and Technology 5(1): 1-12 [3] (description)

Myers, J.G. 1926. Biological notes on New Zealand Heteroptera. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 56: 449-511 pls 81-86 [499] (distribution)

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. [452] (bionomics)

Tay, E.B. 1966. Morphology of the external genitalia of some Pentatominae (Heteroptera). Papers of the Department of Entomology University of Queensland 2: 75-84 [76-77] (morphology)

Valentine, E.W. 1964. A note on the Asolcus spp. (Scelionidae: Hymenoptera) parasitic upon shield bug eggs (Pentatomidae: Acanthosomidae: Heteroptera) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Science 7: 643 [643] (parasitoid)

Van Duzee, E.P. 1905. Notes on Australian Pentatomidae, with descriptions of a few new species. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 21: 187-214 [201] (note)

Walker, F. 1867. Catalogue of the Specimens of Heteropterous Hemiptera in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I. Scutata. London : E. Newman Preface pp. 1-240. [180, 181] (list, separate species)

Woodward, T.E. 1953. The Heteroptera of New Zealand Part I—Introduction; Cydnidae; Pentatomidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 80: 299-321 [320] (synonymy, New Zealand)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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