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Family Flatidae - Flatid Planthoppers

Flatid Planthopper, Dorsal View - Ormenoides venusta Neat planthopper - Metcalfa pruinosa BG2306 E6518 - Flatormenis proxima Ormenaria rufifascia, I think - Ormenaria rufifascia flatid planthopper nymph - Ormenoides venusta Cicadellidae sp. - Ormenoides venusta West Indian Flatid Planthopper - Melormenis basalis West Indian Flatid Planthopper - Melormenis basalis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Fulgoromorpha
Superfamily Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Flatidae (Flatid Planthoppers)
Explanation of Names
Flatidae Spinola 1839
Numbers
27 described spp. in 13 genera in our area, ~1450 spp. in ~300 genera worldwide(1)(2); several species have been reported from the US in error; there are several undescribed spp. from so. US(1)
Identification
readily recognized by the presence of submarginal vein paralleling the wing margin(1)
Nymphs: wax filaments bushy (vs. straight and forming bundles like watercolor paintbrushes in Issidae) --Dr Hamilton
Range
worldwide (by far more diverse in the tropics)(3); in our area, most diverse in the south, with only a few widely distributed species in n. US(1)
Habitat
above-ground portions of a wide variety of woody/semi-woody plants(1)
Remarks
overall, taxonomic revision is needed for most of this family with reassignments to genera.
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