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Protalebrella - Protalebrella conica

Protalebrella - Protalebrella conica
Russ Pitman Park, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
June 4, 2011
Size: 2-3 mm

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P. conica
I sent Dr. Chris Dietrich some male Protalebrella specimens I collected in Houston in 2015 and 2017, and he determined that they were P. conica, a species already known from Texas. Since they looked the same as all the Bugguide "P. tertia" images (none of which were ID'd from specimens), those images should either be moved to genus level or moved to a new P. conica page.

I asked Dr. Dietrich which move he thought would be most appropriate, and he said that "it's probably reasonably safe to refer to the 'P. tertia' photos in Bugguide as P. conica." As far as he knows, brasiliensis and conica are the only two species known from the continental U.S., and he notes that conica tends to have the anterior margin of the head more angulate in dorsal view than brasiliensis.

Based on his comments, I've requested that a P. conica page be created.

 
a point to clarify
re: "...safe to refer to the 'P. tertia' photos in Bugguide as P. conica." -- does this apply to all the images currently placed here?
if it does, no need for a new page, i'll just rename this one

 
Yes
it applies to all the images currently placed here. Thanks.

 
thanks -- done
i also asked Beatriz to remove P. t. from the nonnnative sp list

Moved

Moved
Moved from Leafhoppers.

Protalebrella brasiliensis
the only species we have; the others are all in South America

 
Thanks! Is the apparently dif
Thanks! Is the apparently different head shape in the dorsal view (compared to other specimens) maybe a gender difference?

 
Protalebrella tertia
You are quite right! The characters you cite agree well with P. tertia Dworakowska (described from Argentina) so this is a new adventive species in North America.

 
Thanks!
:-)

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