Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A new species of Leafhopper from Yunnan Province, China.

Leafhoppers, Cicadellidae, are small True Bugs, Hemiptera, closely related to Cicadas. They feed by draining sap from plants through modified needle-like mouthparts, and can reach very high densities on some plants quite quickly, with the result that many species are considered to be agricultural pests.

In a paper published in the journal ZooKeys on 26 March 2015, Jichun Xing and Zizhong Li of the Institute of Entomology at Guizhou University describe a new species in the Leafhopper genus Scaphoidella from Yunnan Province, as part of a review of the species of this genus found in China.

The new species is named Scaphoidella dietrichi, in honour of Cristopher Dietrich of the Illinois Natural History Survey in recognition of his work on leafhoppers. The species is described from a single male specimen 4.4 mm in length, and white and gold in colour with a chocolate brown band between the eyes. The specimen was collected from grass at Menglun in Xishuangbanna Prefecture.

Scaphoidella dietrichi, male specimen; (9) dorsal view and (10) lateral view, (11) head and thorax in dorsal view, (12) face. Xing & Li (2015).

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