Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Cotton stainer bug
Dysdercus decussatus
Family Pyrrhocoridae

Adult length:
12 mm

A distinctive and widespread species which only feeds on the seeds of Hibiscus tiliaceus. Adults may be found under leaves, gathering in large numbers. A similar looking species that is found on Thespesia populnea has a black head instead!

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close-up of colourful adults and juveniles
Adults (larger) and juveniles
on the underside of
a Hibiscus leaf

close-up of a pair of mating adults
A mating pair
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre