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Title: New Combinations in Sharpshooter Leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae)

item McKamey, Stuart - Stu

Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2005
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Citation: Mckamey, S.H. 2006. New Combinations in Sharpshooter Leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 108(3): 672-676. (#199883: June 1, 2006)

Interpretive Summary: Disease-causing bacteria are spread among plants principally by sharpshooter leafhoppers, which thereby cause hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to crops of grape, citrus, and coffee every year. In order to communicate effectively about these pests, it is essential that everybody use the same names for the same species, and that all species can be included in a single classification. However, presently some sharpshooter species are classified under genera that are not valid, or under incorrect names, which can cause confusion. This paper gives new genus-species combinations to some sharpshooter leafhoppers to facilitate communication. It will improve the efficiency of governmental (including APHIS), agricultural, and research workers in the dissemination, storage, and retrieval of information on the affected species.

Technical Abstract: Seven species-group name changes in Cicadellinae are proposed so that all species in the subfamily can be listed in a single classification that is aligned with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Bothrogonia tangmaiana Yang & Li is fixed as the correct original spelling. Four new combinations are proposed: Hadria alayoi and H. zayasi (Dlabola & Novoa), and Caribovia intensa nigrinervis (Schröder), and Cicadella viridis suffusa (Salmon). The combination Cardioscarta flavifrons transversa Melichar is reinstated. Diedrocephala bimaculata (Gmelin) is reinstated as the valid name for the species of the genus most often cited in literature and collections as D. variegata (Fabricius).