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Genus Syndelphax

Planthopper - Syndelphax fulvidorsum Delphacid Planthopper   - Syndelphax fulvidorsum planthopper - Syndelphax fulvidorsum Planthopper - Syndelphax alexanderi Delphacodes (Syndelphax) alexanderi - Syndelphax alexanderi Delphacodes (Syndelphax) alexanderi - Syndelphax alexanderi Syndelphax Syndelphax
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Delphacidae (Delphacid Planthoppers)
Subfamily Delphacinae
Genus Syndelphax
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
New combinations per Kennedy et al. (2012) (1)
Syndelphax alexanderi (Metcalf, 1923)
Syndelphax floridae (Muir & Giffard, 1924)
Syndelphax fulvidorsum (Metcalf, 1923)
Syndelphax humilis (Van Duzee, 1907)
Syndelphax pseudoseminiger (Muir & Giffard, 1924)
Syndelphax nigripennis (Crawford, 1914)
Explanation of Names
Syndelphax Fennah, 1963
Numbers
7 spp. n. of Mex. Additional species belonging to this genus are currently misplaced in the polyphyletic genus Delphacodes. This genus is being revised and the transfer of these species is expected in the near future. (2)
Size
~2 mm (BG data)
Identification
Syndelphax spp. usually yellow to straw-colored. Brachypters very common and males often have contrasting dark tegmina (rarely females also). Females not identifiable to species except by association with a male. Macropters common and often found at lights. (2)
Range
Per Bartlett (2)
Syndelphax alexanderi (Metcalf) - e US (MS-FL-NJ-KS)
Syndelphax fallax (Muir) - TX / S. Amer.
Syndelphax floridae (Muir & Giffard) - FL / W. Indies / Mexico (Tamaulipas)
Syndelphax fulvidorsum (Metcalf) - se US (TX-FL-NC-MO) / Mex. to Panama / W. Indies
Syndelphax humilis (Van Duzee) - FL / Mex. to S. Amer. / W. Indies
Syndelphax nigripennis (Crawford) - TX / C. Amer. / W. Indies
Syndelphax pseudoseminiger (Muir and Giffard) - FL-GA
Life Cycle
Syndelphax [=Liburnia] pseudoseminigra recently found to be a pest of St. Augustine grass in Florida (3)
Syndelphax sp. found to be a lawn pest in n. TX in Sept. 2015. (Mike Merchant, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2015)
See Also
Females are strikingly similar to Toya, Metadelphax, Harmalia, and some Delphacodes and generic placement of females in the absence of males can be doubtful. (2)
Print References
Fennah, R. G. 1963. New Genera of Delphacidae (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London (B) 32: 15-16.
Kennedy, A.C., C.R. Bartlett, and S.W. Wilson. 2012. An annotated checklist of the delphacid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) of Florida with the description of three new species and the new genus, Meristopsis. Florida Entomologist 95(2): 395-421. (1)
Internet References
Genus page - Univ. Delaware(2)
Works Cited
1.An annotated checklist of the delphacid planthoppers (Delphacidae) of Florida w/ the description of three new spp and new genus
Kennedy, A.C., C.R. Bartlett, and S.W. Wilson. 2012. Florida Entomologist 95(2): 395-421.
2.Bartlett C.R. (2012-) Planthoppers of North America
3.Liburnia pseudoseminigra (Delphacidae: Homoptera), a new and unusual pest of St. Augustine grass.
Cherry, R.H., P. Stansly, R. Nagata and S. Halbert. 2006. Florida Entomologist 89(4): 459-461.