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Graphosoma creticum (14)
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Graphosoma creticum Horváth, 1909
Hemiptera: Pentatomidae
Common name: Cretan Striped Shield Bug

Graphosoma creticum is a rather common shield bug in Crete. According to Gapon (2007) G. creticum is a new synonym of G. semipunctatum. According to the original description, this species differs from G. semipunctatum in the usually smaller size and proportionally wider body, shorter head, longer segment 2 of antennae (more than twice as long as segment 3), more prominent humeri, less narrowed scutellum apically, wider abdomen (mainly due to connexivum), disappearing black maculae on laterotergites (remaining as small dots in inner hind angles) and shape of outer margin of the paramere hypophysis. Length of body 10-11.5 mm, width of pronotum 6.5-7.5 mm.

Source: Gapon (2007) Zoological Institute, St.Petersburg, 2007

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