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Research Project: Systematics of Hemiptera: Plant Pests, Predators, and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: The immatures of the tribe Quadrinareini Deitz (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Smiliinae)

item McKamey, Stuart - Stu
item WALLNER, A - Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/7/2021
Publication Date: 4/13/2022
Citation: Mckamey, S.H., Wallner, A.W. 2022. The immatures of the tribe Quadrinareini Deitz (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Smiliinae). ZooKeys. 123(4):802-807.

Interpretive Summary: Leafhoppers and treehoppers cause millions of dollars of damage to US crops annually. To protect US crops from new invasive pests it is critical to be able to identify them. Many insects intercepted at US ports are immatures, yet very few treehopper immatures can be identified ay present. This is a description of immatures of a treehopper native to Jamaica and the data includes specimens intercepted at US ports. This paper will enable port identifiers to recognize this group of treehoppers. It will also assist researchers by providing new characters useful for estimating relationships among all treehoppers.

Technical Abstract: The nymphs of Quadrinarea Goding are described and illustrated for the first time. Previously considered endemic to Jamaica, adults were recently discovered in Dominica (new country record) and possibly Guyana. They nymphs lack the scoli on the head, thorax, or abdomen that are ubiquitous among the nymphs of many membracid taxa, including some members of most other tribes of Smiliinae. Based on collection records, eggs are probably laid in clutches and a native host plant is probably Annona muricata L. (Annonaceae).