Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: The identity of three South American “smiliine” treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and related taxonomic changes, including description of a new genus in Thuridini
Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/10/2017
Publication Date: 6/6/2017
Citation: Mckamey, S.H. 2017. The identity of three South American “smiliine” treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and related taxonomic changes, including description of a new genus in Thuridini. ZooKeys. 678:65-72.
Interpretive Summary: Many plant diseases are spread principally by leafhopper and treehopper insects, which vector dangerous and sometimes fatal diseases, principally pathogenic phytoplasms. However, not all species are grouped with their closest relatives, which hinders studies and predictive powers of a natural classification. This paper corrects the classification of four species, one of which represnts a new genus. It will be of use to governmental agencies (including state extension agents), as well as agricultural and research workers dealing with leafhoppers and treehoppers.
Technical Abstract: Based on examination of holotype or interpretation of original descriptions, four taxonomic changes are proposed for South American species erroneously placed in the tribe Smiliini: Flynnia, n. gen. (Thuridini) and F. fascipennis (Funkhouser), n. comb. from Bolivia; Antianthe atromarginata (Goding), n. comb. from Ecuador; Amastris pilosa (Funkhouser), n. comb. from Peru; and Thelia planeflava Fairmaire from Brazil to Polyglyptini incertae sedis, new placement.