This page contains pictures and information about Toad Stink Bug in genera
Platycoris that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 12mm
- There is eight Australian species in Genera
Platycoris. We found one species in Brisbane.
- We found this bug in rainforest near Mt Nebo during late summer Apr 2005. There
were quite a number of them on large gum tree trunks during the day. Some found resting on leaf.
- We call them Toad Stink Bug because we found on the internet, Murray
Fletcher called a Hypogomphus sp., as "Toad Stink Bug". We
agreed that this common name is also suitable for the stink bug that we just
- The stink bug has a round and thick body, brown in colour with typical
stick bug colour pattern. Its antennae are five-segmented. Its thorax
surface is rough, resembles the toad skin. The membrane part of the wings
reduced to very narrow, hardly covered the abdomen. Legs are black on the
femur and creamy-white on tibia.
- Gordon F. Gross's book (1976) put this species in Caspocris
group but suggested that this species should be in another group. We
followed Australian Biological Resources
Study and put this in Tribe Halyini.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 509 (Hypogomphus bipunctatus).
- 2. FaunaKeys -
Bugs of Australia, Australian Museum online 2003.
- 3. Platycoris
bipunctatus - Australian Biological Resources Study,
Department of the Environment and Heritage, Commonwealth of Australia 2005.
- 4. Platycoris Guérin, 1831 - by Gerry Cassis, Emma Betts and Michael Elliott, Stink Bugs, Fauna Net, Australian Museum 2002.
- 5. Plant-feeding and Other Bugs (Hemiptera) of South Australia. Heteroptera – Part II - by Gordon F. Gross, South Australian Government Printer, Adelaide,
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