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Coreid Bug

Tongorma latreillii

Description:

A very odd small creature! Tiny, from memory, probably little finger nail size.

Habitat:

Mixed meadowland and forest. This was found in the shade on some low plants at the edge of forest in a campsite clearing . Hlane game reserve is a flat lowland area, covered with ancient hardwood trees like knobthorn, leadwood and tambuti, with some grasslands and shallow pans.

Notes:

I added a photo of it on the leaf for size comparison. http://www.natgeocreative.com/photograph...

2 Species ID Suggestions

Leafy Spiny Seed Mimic Bug
Pephricus livingstone Seed bug (Pephricus sp ?), Madagascar | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
tmvdh
tmvdh 7 years ago
Coreid Bug
Tongorma latreillii Coreid Bug


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37 Comments (1–25)

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Hehehe Shekai. Clever of me to uncover Martians here, eh?

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks everyone for your kind if somewhat perplexed comments... and Lauren and Mark for all your efforts. Seems like Torsten has come up with an official ID from the experts.

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Thanks Torsten for coming up with a new ID of this bug. Couldn't access the link though...

tmvdh
tmvdh 7 years ago

I guess I've got the ID (at last):
Tongorma latreillii (Heteroptera: Coreidae: Coreinae: Phyllomorpini) - (no common name as far as I know).
Here's anoher one: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/161...

Now you're exposing some martians on earth. Very alien spotting huh!

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Woops, sorry from me also Torsten. You may even have corrected me on that before - blush, blush!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Sorry Torsten... copy-paste is so lazy of me

tmvdh
tmvdh 7 years ago

Yes Mark, the genus seems to be correct. (BTW: It's Torsten ;-).?

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Torston, and good luck!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Fantastic Pam! What a find!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Looking forward to the results. Still Pephricus genus do you think Torston?

tmvdh
tmvdh 7 years ago

I'll do my best...

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Well then, the mystery continues. Thanks Torston. I appreciate your help.

tmvdh
tmvdh 7 years ago

Hi Pam, I've contacted a specialist: Maybe your photos do not show a specimen of Pephricus livingstonii, but of a related species. I'm trying to get a confirmation/the correct ID...

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Thanks Lauren for puzzling over this one. Seems that Mark has hit the jackpot, AND taken the cake!

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

thanks SukanyaDatta, chief, sunny and RiekoS for your very sweet comments and your amazement at this tiny creature. Such a joy to post something that opens ones eyes to the wonders of nature, causes us to marvel and puts a little smile on our faces.

tmvdh
tmvdh 7 years ago

Hi, the correct scientific name is Pephricus livingstonii.

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Great spotting Pam..

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

I have never seen this before. Thank you for sharing.

What an 'itsy-bitsy-tweeny-weeny' combo bug! Congrats Pamsai.

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

hehehe, thanks Mark... No i like the name, it just seems like a mouthful for such a tiny creature!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Lauren :) @Pam.. National Geographic images have it simply as 'Spiny Bug' if you don't like the big common name. http://www.natgeocreative.com/photograph...

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

And I remember now that it did walk in a funny jerky sort of way.

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Wow, thanks Lauren for those 2 great links, Love the photos on the earthtouchnews site. Sorry my photo is not so clear, but one can see the delicate wings folded along its back if one looks carefully!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Here is another different species:
http://www.sareptiles.co.za/forum/viewto...

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Spotted on Apr 6, 2014
Submitted on Apr 29, 2014

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