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Genus Ceresa - Buffalo Treehoppers

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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 Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Membracidae (Treehoppers)
Subfamily Smiliinae
Tribe Ceresini
Genus Ceresa (Buffalo Treehoppers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spissistilus Caldwell 1949 (6 spp.), Stictocephala Stål 1869 (17 spp.), Hadrophallus Kopp & Yonke 1979 (2 spp.), Paraceresa Kopp & Yonke 1979 (1 sp.), Tortistilus Caldwell 1949 (10 spp.), and Vestistilus Caldwell 1949 (2 spp.) are all treated as separate genera in(1)(2), with only C. vitulus (OH, NE, TX; photos) left in Ceresa; see, however, this comment by K.G.A. Hamilton
Explanation of Names
Ceresa Amyot & Serville 1843
Numbers
36 spp. in our area(2) (some of the spp. recognized in the guide seem to have been synonymized)
Identification
Nymphs are unique in having long forward-pointing plumes
Range
New World; several spp. introduced into the Old World(1)