Genus Scolopsella Ball, 1905
Tribe Amyclini Metcalf, 1938
Genus Scolopsella Ball, 1905.
Type species (in original combination): Scolopsella reticulata Ball, 1905.
Distribution: Southwestern US and adjacent Mexico (Baja California Sur, Gulf of California, Sonora).
This genus has two species.
Scolopsella reticulata Ball, 1905 - USA: AZ, CA; Mexico (Baja California Sur, Gulf of California: Carman Island, Cerralvo [Jacques Cousteau] Island, San Marcos Island, Tiburón Island; Sonora)
Scolopsella mexicana O'Brien, 1986 - Mexico (Baja California, Baja California Sur)
Limited - this genus is uncommonly encountered.
Known host plants:
Head strongly anteriorly produced (one of only 3 fulgorid genera north of Mexico); cephalic process not substantively narrowed apically (vs. Amycle); Vertex scalloped in lateral view, convex anteriorly, carinae foliaceous, crenulated; sides of head partly obscured by carina in dorsal view (vs. Rhabdocephala).
Key from O'Brien (1986)
Scolopsella mexicana (photographs by Kimberley Shropshire, University of Delaware)
This genus is here on Bugguide.
The holotype and allotype were taken at a light (O'Brien 1986).
Molecular resources: Genbank has no data on Scolopsella; Barcode of Life has data for Scolopsella reticulata.
Ball, E. D. 1905. Some new Homoptera from the South and Southwest. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 18: 117-120.
Metcalf, Z. P. 1938. The Fulgorina of Barro Colorado and other parts of Panama. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard Coll. 82: 277-423. [available from http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org]
Metcalf, Z. P. 1947. General Catalogue of the Homoptera. Fascicle IV Fulgoroidea. Part 9 Fulgoridae. Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts.
O’Brien, L. B. 1986. Five new species of Fulgoroidea (Homoptera) from the western United States and Mexico. Southwestern Entomologist 11: 67 74.
O'Brien, L. B. 1988. New World Fulgoridae, part 1: genera with elongate head processes. Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs 12: 135-170.
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.