Reduvius

Reduvius

(ri-doo′vē-ŭs, -dū′) [L. reduvia, hangnail]
A genus of true bugs belonging to the family Reduviidae.

Reduvius personatus

A species that normally feeds on other insects but sometimes preys on humans. In some cases the bite may transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan responsible for Chagas disease.
References in classic literature ?
At night I experienced an attack (for it deserves no less a name) of the Benchuca , a species of Reduvius, the great black bug of the Pampas.
Girinidos 1 Brentidae Brentidos 1 Staphylinidae Estafilini- 1 dos Tenebrionidae Glyptasida Tenebrioni- 10 costipennis dos (LeConte) Hemiptera Pentatomidae Nezara Chinche 190 viridula verde (Linnaeus) apestosa Reduviidae Rasahus Chinche 540 hamatus asesina (Fabricius) Rasahus 300 biguttatus (Say) Sirthenea Chinche 232 carinata asesina (Fabricius) Stenopoda Chinche 200 spinulosa asesina Giacchi Reduvius sp.
1796 Reduvius cinereus Fabricius: 545 [Carolina]; Walker 1873a, 8: 137 [Chile]
Type species: Reduvius lateralis Lepeletier & Serville.
1834 Reduvius infestans Klug: 412 [Chile]; Reed 1901, 5 (3): 65 [Atacama, from Copiapo to the south]
Sinonimos: Conorhinus corticalis Walker, 1873 (24); Conorhinus geniculatus Walker, 1873 (63); Lamus geniculatus Stal, 1859 (9); Mestor geniculatus Brindley, 1931 (6); Reduvius geniculatus Latreille, 1811 (35); Conorhinus lutulentus Erichson, 1848 (36); Triatoma fluminensis Neiva & Pinto, 1922 (37); Triatoma geniculata Chagas, 1912 (38); Panstrongylus parageniculatus Ortiz, 1971 (39); Triatoma tenuis Neiva, 1914 (40).
Sinonimos: Triatoma capitata Usinger, 1941 (48); Triatoma dimidiata capitata Usinger, 1944 (8); Conorhinus dimidiatus Stal, 1859 (9); Conorrhinus dimidiatus Champion, 1899 (42); Reduvius dimidiatus Latreille in Humboldt & Bonpland, 1811 (35); Conorhinus dimidiatus var.
Sinonimos: Triatoma infestans erythrophtalmus Noe & Silva,1949 (49); Conorhinus gracilipes Philippi, 1860 (50); Conorhinus infestans Berg, 1879 (30); Reduvius infestans Klug en Meyen, 1834 (51); Triatoma mazzae Jorg, 1937 (52); Conorhinus nigrovarius Blanchard, 1890 (53); Conorrhinus octotuberculatus Philippi, 1860 (50); Triatoma sordelli Dios & Zuccarini, 1926 (54); Triatoma oswaldoi Neiva & Pinto, 1923 (55); Eutriatoma oswaldoi Nino, 1936 (6); Conorrhinus paulseni Philippi, 1860 (50); Conorhinus renggeri Herrich-Schaeffer, 1848 (56); Conorhinus sextuberculatus Spinola en Gay, 1852 (55).
The bug belongs to the species Reduvius personatus and is common in the American tropics.
Charles Darwin, al describir su paso por Mendoza, escribio: "No pude descansar por haberme visto atacado (empleo de proposito esta palabra) por un numeroso y sanguinario grupo de las grandes chinches negras de las Pampas, pertenecientes al genero Benchuca, una especie de Reduvius. Dificilmente hay cosa mas desagradable que sentir correr por el cuerpo estos insectos, blandos y sin alas, de cerca de una pulgada de largos.