Taxonomical Revision of The Tribe Coccinellini (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) In Egypt

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Al-Azhar University, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt


The study aims to investigate the reliable identification members of the tribe Coccinellini, because of their potential as biological control agents, as predators of aphid insect pests, and other soft-bodied insects which, threatened the major crops. The surveys were conducted in twelve governorates represent the most geographical regions within, Egypt. Specimens were collected regularly during the years of 2017- 2019, and some species have dispersed widely, and others are presented in one site. Totally, 9 species, subspecies, and more than 29 aberrations, belonging to two species Coccinella undecimpunctata, and Hippodamia variegata, classified into four genera within the tribe Coccinellini. Morphological characters especially the genitalia were studied with the morphometric measurements. Key to genera and species were constructed, and the illustration to the most effective characters were provided, with the local and world distributions for each species.