Genus Papagona Ball, 1935
Tribe Ommatidiotini Fieber, 1875
Genus Papagona Ball, 1935.
Type species: Papagona papoosa Ball, 1935.
Distribution: Currently reported only from Arizona
There are 2 recognized species:
Papagona papoosa Ball, 1935 - USA: AZ
Papagona succinea Ball, 1935 - USA: AZ
Economic Importance: Limited, seldom encountered.
Known host plants:
Papagona papoosa - Muhlenbergia porteri Scribn. ex Beal (muhly grass, Poaceae)
Papagona succinea - Tridens muticus (Torr.) Nash (Poaceae, as Triodia mutica)
Hosts from Ball 1935, Wilson et al. 1994; plant names from USDA PLANTS.
Genus is distinctive. Unique head structure among North American Caliscelidae.
Papagona succinea (paratype; all photographs by Kimberley Shropshire, University of Delaware)
Seldom encountered, most likely taken sweeping or beating hosts..
Molecular resources: As of this writing, no data for this genus appears on Barcode of Life or Genbank.
Ball, E. D. 1935. Some new Issidae with notes on others (Homoptera: Fulgoridae). Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 30: 37-41.
Doering. K. C. 1939 [1940a]. A contribution to the taxonomy of the subfamily Issinae in America north of Mexico (Fulgoroidea: Homoptera. Part III. University of Kansas Science Bulletin. 26(2): 83-167.
Metcalf, Z. P. 1958. General Catalogue of the Homoptera. Fascicle IV, Fulgoroidea, Part 15, Issidae. Waverly Press, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland.
Wilson, S. W., C. Mitter, R. F. Denno, and M. R. Wilson.1994. Evolutionary patterns of host plant use by delphacid planthoppers and their relatives. In: R. F. Denno and T. J. Perfect, (eds.). Planthoppers: Their Ecology and Management. Chapman and Hall, New York. Pp. 7-45 & Appendix