Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: Description of a new, unusual species of Diestostemma Amyot & Serville (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) from Ecuador
Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/5/2019
Publication Date: 3/2/2020
Citation: Mckamey, S.H. 2020. Description of a new, unusual species of Diestostemma Amyot & Serville (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) from Ecuador. ZooKeys. 908:31-37. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.908.38477.
Interpretive Summary: Leafhoppers cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to agricultural and ornamental plants each year. Some pests have not yet been described. In this paper, a new species of leafhopper is described from Ecuador. This work will enable federal agencies, including the Animal and Plant Inspection Service, to identify and quarantine potential pest species intercepted at US borders, and help other researchers studying leafhoppers
Technical Abstract: Diestostemma bicristata, n. sp., is described from Napo Province, Ecuador. It is unusual for the genus in lacking a white powdery covering, having raised, weakly reticulate veins on the forewing, a short metathoracic femur (half length of the metathoracic tibia), and is the only species with a double-crested pronotum.