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Published: 2016-06-28

The “Italian hebrid”, Hebrus franzi (Wagner, 1957): disentangling a half-century dilemma (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Gerromorpha)

Natural History Museum of the University of Florence, Zoological Section “La Specola”, via Romana 17, I-50125 Florence, Italy. Institute of Agroenvironmental and Forest Biology, CNR—National Research Council of Italy, via Salaria km 29,300, I-00015 Monterotondo Scalo (Rome), Italy
WBA-World Biodiversity Association, via Trento 59D, I-36071 Arzignano (Vicenza), Italy
2nd Zoological Department, Natural History Museum Vienna, Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Hemiptera Heteroptera Gerromorpha Hebridae Hebrus franzi redescription new records endemic Italy


Hebrus franzi (Wagner, 1957) was described from the Apuan Alps (Tuscany, Italy) and not found again for several decades despite intensive search. We report on new collections that expand the known distribution area considerably, provide a redescription, and give first insights regarding the ecology of this remarkable flightless species.



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How to Cite

CIANFERONI, F., BUZZETTI, F. M., & ZETTEL, H. (2016). The “Italian hebrid”, <em>Hebrus</em> <em>franzi</em> (Wagner, 1957): disentangling a half-century dilemma (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Gerromorpha). Zootaxa, 4132(1), 127–134.