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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Systematics of Hemiptera and Related Groups: Plant Pests, Predators, and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology

Title: New name, fiaxtion of correct spelling of three leafhopper taxa (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae)

item McKamey, Stuart
item Xue, Q. -
item Viraktamath, C. -
item Zhang, Y. -

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 25, 2014
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Citation: Mckamey, S.H., Xue, Q., Viraktamath, C.A., Zhang, Y. 2014. New name, fiaxtion of correct spelling of three leafhopper taxa (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 116(2):193-194.

Interpretive Summary: Leafhoppers cause millions of dollars of damage to agricultural crops in the US. In order to effectively communicate about pests and other species, it is crucial to have only one name for one species. One leafhopper genus was found to be a homonym of a moth genus, and one genus and one species were spelled multiple ways in their original decsription. This paper resolves these problems by replacing the leafhopper homonym with a new name, and fixing the correct spellings of the other genus and species. It will enable researchers and others (including APHIS) to effectively communicate about leafhoppers.

Technical Abstract: The leafhopper genus Aspidia Yang & Zhang is a junior homonym and replaced here by Sochinsogonoidea, nomen novum. Nilgiriscopus Viraktamath and Roxasellana stellata Zhang & Zhang are fixed as the correct original spellings.

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