Chinavia (genus)

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Author(s): Susan Ellis
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Chinavia Orian, 1965

Chinavia is a genus of green stink bugs, closely related to the genera Nezara and Acrosternum and found in the American continent as well as in Africa. Several species are important plant pests like Chinavia hilaris which attacks cotton, soybean and other crops in North America.

The taxonomy of this genus has been rather confused with the assignment of species frequently being changed between the genera Chinavia, Acrosternum and Nezara. In 1983, all American species of Acrosternum were placed into the subgenus Acrosternum (Chinavia). Subsequently, Chinavia was regarded as a separate genus, then again as a subgenus and more recently once more as a separate genus. Compared to Acrosternum species, the Chinavia species tend to be larger and have a brighter green colour.

Type species: Chinavia pallidoconspersa (= Rhaphigaster pallidoconspersus)

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: