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Gonocerus acuteangulatus

Gonocerus acuteangulatus is a herbivorous species of true bug in the family Coreidae. It is commonly known as the box bug in the UK as it once only occurred in Box Hill in Surrey where it fed on box trees.[1] It is a medium-sized speckled reddish-brown insect, between 11 to 14 mm long as an adult, with a slightly expanded abdomen.[2] It commonly occurs throughout the Mediterranean region and extends to Central Asia and parts of northwestern Europe.[3]


This species was formally described by the German zoologist Johann Goeze in 1778, under the name Cimex acuteangulatus.[4]


  1. ^ Hawkins, Roger (2003). Shieldbugs of Surrey. Surrey Wildlife Trust. 
  2. ^ Tristan Bantock & Joseph Botting. "British Bugs". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Moulet, Pierre (1995). Faune de France: Hémiptères Coreoidea (Coreidae, Rhopalidae, Alydidae) Pyrrhocoridae, Stenocephalidae: Euro-Méditerranéens (in French) 81. Paris: Fédération Française des Sociétés de Sciences Naturelles. 
  4. ^ Goeze, Johann (1778). Entomologische Beyträge zu des Ritter Linné zwölften Ausgabe des Natursystems. (in German) 2. Leipzig: Weidmanns Erben & Reich. 


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