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Species Stictocephala alta

buffalo treehopper? - Stictocephala alta Ceresa alta - Stictocephala alta Treehopper - Stictocephala alta Treehopper - Stictocephala alta Treehopper nymph - Stictocephala alta Ceresa - Stictocephala alta Hopper? - Stictocephala alta Ceresa alta Walker - Stictocephala alta
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 Stictocephala (Buffalo Treehoppers)
Species alta (Stictocephala alta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stictocephala alta, S. bisonia, S. bizonia, S. bubalus
Stictocephala alta (Walker) is the combination used as valid in most recent sources(1)(2)(3)
However, at least one authoritative source(4) uses Ceresa malina (Germar 1835) as the valid name for this species, while also recognizing Ceresa bubalus (Fabricius 1794) and Stictocephala bisonia Kopp & Yonke 1977 as separate species
Explanation of Names
Ceresa alta Walker 1851
Green, with a slight brownish tinge to the pronotal crest. The most broadly triangular species in the genus, with blunt but very widely spreading "horns". --based on Dr Hamilton's comments
e NA(1) (+ scattered w. NA records per BG data); accidentally introduced elsewhere and now present throughout Europe, in n. Africa and Central Asia(5)
See Also
Longer "horns" that spread more widely than those of C. taurina
Print References
de Andrade G.S. (2008) On the synonymy of Stictocephala alta (Walker) and Thelia constans Walker (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 25: 148-149. (Full text)