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Patapius spinosus: First record of Leptopodidae (Heteroptera) from Japan


Kazuo Yamazaki, Osaka City Institute of Public Health and Environmental Sciences, 8-34 Tojo-cho, Tennoji, Osaka, 543-0026 Japan. Email:


Patapius spinosus, a remarkable leptopodid bug whose body is covered with spines, was collected for the first time in Japan. This species was found in the supralittoral zone of a sandy beach in Osaka Prefecture, central Japan, in autumn 2002 and in spring 2004. Patapius spinosus is known to be distributed in the Mediterranean and North African regions, and has been introduced into North America and Chile. Its occurrence in Japan could signify either an eastern limit of its native distribution or an exotic origin.