Submitted to: Systematic Entomology Laboratory World Wide Web Site
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: November 24, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Leafhoppers vector many plant diseases devasting to agricultural crops such as rice, wheat, and grapes. The scattered literature on this destructive group of insects was assembled in a 7,041-page Catalogue of the Homoptera Fascicle 6 and was published by the USDA ARS between 1962 and 1971. It covered all literature on Cicadellidae from 1758 through 1955 and still provides the basis for almost all new research on leafhoppers. Unfortunately, the catalogue is long out of print. The checklist presented here summarizes and updates this previous work and adds new data. Some sections have been put online, and in PDF format, for downloading and printing hard copies. Leafhopper students and scientists worldwide will use this WWW-disseminated catalog as a starting point for their taxonomic research projects. This distribution information will be used by quarantine authorities, such as APHIS, to intercept foreign pest species.
The species classification and synonymy of the Catalogue of the Homoptera Fascicle 6 are revised to conform with the current International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. This 503-page abridgment of Fascicle 6 includes a 102-page index. The original 7,041-page catalogue covered all citations, on all subjects, to the 11,003 leafhopper species described from 1758-1955, ,and is still the starting point for all taxonomic research on Cicadellidae The present checklist is disseminated electronically to broaden access to the information. Current country-level distribution of each species is also given, usually based on the localities listed in the original catalogue. The index to species is provided so that useful hard copies of this checklist can be printed, which is encouraged.