Peloridium hammoniorum

Peloridium hammoniorum is a species of moss bug from southern South America, and is the only known species in the genus Peloridium.

Peloridium hammoniorum
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Peloridium

Breddin, 1897
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P. hammoniorum
Binomial name
Peloridium hammoniorum
Breddin, 1897
Synonyms

Nordenskjoldiella insignis Haglund, 1899

It was first described in 1897 by Gustav Breddin from a specimen found at Puerto Toro on Navarin Island in Tierra del Fuego. A Swedish expedition collected a second specimen in a forest on the Brunswick Peninsula near Punta Arenas, Chile, and Haglund unknowingly described it as a new genus and species (Nordenskjoldiella insignis), but it later proved to be a sub-brachypterous female corresponding with the macropterous male described by Breddin.[1]

Peloridium hammoniorum is the only Peloridiidae that has both a flying and a flightless form, all others have only flightless forms.[2]

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  1. ^ Carter, Myra W. (1950). "The Family Peloridiidae (Hemiptera) and its Occurrence in New Zealand" (PDF). Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 78 (2): 168–170.
  2. ^ (Burckhardt, 2009)

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