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Genus Melanoliarus

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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 Cixiidae (Cixiid Planthoppers)
Subfamily Cixiinae
Tribe Pentastirini
Genus Melanoliarus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
most New World spp. formerly treated in Oliarus have been moved here, and the remaining few to Reptalus or Pentastiridius; Oliarus is now considered to be an Old World genus(1)
Explanation of Names
Melanoliarus Fennah 1945
48 spp. in our area, ~80 total(1)
Head angularly incised posteriorly, mesonotum with 5 carinae (intermediate carinae sometimes obsolete), 10 or fewer teeth at apex of hind tarsimere (not definitively separated from Reptalus).
North American species can be keyed out by Mead & Kramer (1982), which relies entirely on male genitalia.(1)
New World, Canada to Argentina(1)
Print References
Mead F.W., Kramer J.P. (1982) Taxonomic study of the planthopper genus Oliarus in the United States (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea: Cixiidae). Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 107: 381-569.
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