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Submitted to: Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/27/2006
Publication Date: 6/15/2007
Citation: Mckamey, S.H. 2007. Taxonomic catalogue of the leafhoppers (membracoidea). part 1. cicadellinae. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 78:1-394.

Interpretive Summary: Many plant diseases are spread principally by leaf hoppers. Some of the most serious pests are sharpshooters which vector the dangerous and sometimes fatal pathogenic bacteria that causes Pierce's Disease of grapevines as well as other bacterial and viral diseases of citrus, coffee, grape, and almond. In order to communicate effectively about these pests, it is essential that everybody use the same names for the same species. However, access to the valid names and to all other information in the literature on sharpshooters is severely impeded by the numerous changes in the classification that have occurred over the last 40 years. This paper is an updated, world-wide list of sharpshooters, covering 40 years of taxonomic additions and changes among some 2,259 species. Furthermore, the distribution and vector status of all species are provided. It will greatly improve the efficiency of governmental (including APHIS), agricultural, and research workers in the dissemination, storage, and retrieval of information on all sharpshooter species.

Technical Abstract: This work catalogues the changes to the classification of Cicadellinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae)—the sharpshooters— world-wide from 1956 through 2004 and provides a current list of all valid taxa and synonyms, as well as their distribution and citations of their original descriptions. All subsequent references discovered by May, 2005, were also incorporated. World Cicadellinae now consists of 2 tribes, 328 genera (62 Proconiini), and 2,259 species (421 Proconiini). Literature citations through 1955 correspond to references given in a previous bibliography of the Cicadellidae; a bibliography is provided for subsequent taxonomic publications.