Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: Synonymy of Paraphetea Sakakibara and Creão-Duarte and Flynnia McKamey (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Smiliinae), with a reinstated combination, new distribution records, and a key to all species of Thuridini
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/18/2020
Publication Date: 7/23/2020
Citation: Mckamey, S.H. 2020. Synonymy of Paraphetea Sakakibara and Creão-Duarte and Flynnia McKamey (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Smiliinae), with a reinstated combination, new distribution records, and a key to all species of Thuridini. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 122(3):716-719.
Interpretive Summary: Leafhoppers and treehoppers cause millions of dollars of damage to agricultural crops every year. To be useful, classifications must have one unique name per species. The present paper deals with the classification of this group of insects synonymizes two genera and two names of the same organisms to attain that unique classification, and provides an identification key to all species of a group of closely related genera. It will be useful to leafhopper and treehopper researchers and regulatory agencies such as the Animal and Plant Health Insection Service.
Technical Abstract: Flynnia McKamey is placed in new synonymy under Paraphetea Sakakibara and Creão-Duarte, which is referred to the tribe Thuridini, new placement. The combination Paraphetea fascipennis (Funkhouser) is reinstated as valid. The species P. gibbula (Fairmaire) is known from the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso. Peru is added to the country records for Paraphetea fascipeninis (Funkhouser). A key is provided to the four species of the tribe Thuridini.