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About Planthoppers of North America


Introduction

 

Suggested citation

Bartlett, C. R. 2014 (and updates). Planthoppers of North America (accessed [date]). http://ag.udel.edu/enwc/research/planthoppers/

 

About Planthoppers of North America

Anotia robertsoni Derbidae Otiocerinae Otiocerini

Anotia robertsoni (Derbidae), photo by Dave Funk, Stroud Water Research Center).

Planthoppers of North America is about the Fulgoroidea (Hemiptera) north of Mexico, emphasizing taxonomy and nomenclature.  The content of the site is largely based on an upcoming manuscript (Bartlett et al. in press).  The intent of the site is to provide an updated overview of the current taxonomy and nomenclature of planthoppers north of Mexico, including photos of representatives of all genera within the study area.  This site is also will help track updates to that manuscript (especially distribution data and updated nomenclature).  Perhaps sometime in the future, I'll expand the scope to include Mexico or the Neotropics (but I need to start somewhere, and north of Mexico is managable).

This site is currently in development.  When completed, it will have dichotomous keys to genus for planthoppers north of Mexico, and a page for each genus providing a list of species in the genus, with summary distributions, host plants, recognition features (to genus), and select references.  The list of species will include all species in the genus (although distribution data for Neotropical or Old World species may be incomplete).  Additional photos and data - especially host and distribution data - will be added as time allows and as new (or omitted) information comes to my attention. I hope to obtain photos for as many species as I can within the purview of this site - although additional support will be needed to accomplish this.

According to our count, there are 12 families, 166 genera and 911 species of planthoppers north of Mexico. 

With the US divided into regions (arbitrarily) as follows:

 

Planthopper diversity is as follows (according to currently available data)

 

Number of planthopper genera and species among regions of the contiguous United States. 

 

Northwest

Southwest

Central and Northcentral

Southeast

Northeast

Family

Genera

 Species

Genera

 Species

Genera

 Species

Genera

 Species

 Genera

 Species

Acanaloniidae

0

0

2

18

1

2

1

7

1

3

Achilidae

2

8

8

48

5

18

4

19

3

19

Caliscelidae

2

9

6

43

3

16

3

20

3

10

Cixiidae

5

19

13

144

7

38

9

51

7

39

Delphacidae

26

64

46

152

38

117

49

190

38

128

Derbidae

2

2

11

36

10

36

13

55

10

40

Dictyopharidae

3

20

14

80

5

17

5

14

4

10

Flatidae

0

0

13

19

4

4

9

12

4

4

Fulgoridae

2

2

8

17

2

2

4

7

3

3

Issidae

1

2

11

22

1

3

2

6

1

3

Kinnaridae

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tropiduchidae (Gaetuliini)

2

2

10

62

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tropiduchidae (Tangiini & Remosini)

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

 

45

128

143

646

76

253

101

383

74

259

 Source: Bartlett et al. in review.

The distribution of planthopper richness over the US is as follows

Distribution of planthoppers in the US

Planthopper richness in the US (source Bartlett et al. in review)