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Genus Pacarina

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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 Cicadidae (Cicadas)
Subfamily Cicadinae
Genus Pacarina
Numbers
Only one North American species (1) (updated & additional taxonomic info now available)

US Range: AZ, NM, CO, TX, OK, & LA
Pacarina puella Davis, Kondratieff et al., 2002: 7, 13, 28.

US Range: AZ, NM, CO, and w. TX
Pacarina puella Davis (juniper variety), Sanborn and Phillips, 1995: 481.
Pacarina shoemakeri Sanborn and Heath, Sanborn et al., 2011a: 152, 153.

Other Neotropical members of the Genus Pacarina include the following:
Pacarina championi
Pacarina shumanni
Range
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, & Louisiana (?)
Remarks
Quick tips for id:

Pacarina puella (associated with Mesquite) usually has more pronounced pattern in the wings
US Range: AZ, NM, CO, TX. OK. & LA

Pacarina shoemakeri (associated with junipers) usually has less infuscation (i.e. dark pattern)
US Range: AZ, NM, CO, and parts of OK & TX
See Also
Due to small size, they are often confused with Beameria and Cicadetta species.

US Range: AZ, NM, CO, TX, OK, & LA
Pacarina puella Davis, Kondratieff et al., 2002: 7, 13, 28.

US Range: AZ, NM, CO, and w. TX
Pacarina puella Davis (juniper variety), Sanborn and Phillips, 1995: 481.
Pacarina shoemakeri Sanborn and Heath, Sanborn et al., 2011a: 152, 153.
Print References
The genus Pacarina Distant, 1905 (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with the
description of a new species
Allen F. Sanborn*, Maxine S. Heath , Polly K. Phillips and James E. Heath
Department of Biology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695, USA;
104 Hummingbird Circle, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609, USA; c17446 SW 33rd Court, Miramar,
FL 33029, USA
(Received 22 May 2011; final version received 17 December 2011; printed 28 February 2012)