Explanation of Names
Cacama collinaplaga sp. n. Sanborn & M. Heath
Central Texas "hill country" - Confirmed
Often confused with related taxa (C. valvata & C. variegata with which ther may be geographic overlap).
May possibly occur in adj. Oklahoma (??), w. Arkansas & s. Kansas extending west into the eastern range of C. valvata. (??)
Scrub in the central Texas "hills"
"early summer thru midsummer"
Associated with Cacti (Opuntia)
Unknown but likely taking several years and most closely associated with cacti (Opuntia & allied Genera)
Refer to the following similar species:
It has been mentioned and noted by some cicada specialists, that C. collinaplaga
is morphologically, as well as geographically, intermediate between Cacama variegata Davis 1919
and Cacama valvata (Uhler 1888)
. In support, the calls of all three are similar and may not be easily differentiated. There is some thought these taxa may be conspecific and representative of a cline. (??)
Observations also suggest the morphology and call of Cacama moorei sp. n. Sanborn & M. Heath
to be very similar to those of the afore-mentioned.
Although currently considered to be separate taxa (based on morphology and geography), detailed genetic analysis of the 4 species may resolve some of the lingering questions.
sw. USA - Mexico (Central America)
sw. USA (California) & MEXICO
Cacama furcata Davis
- (Not known from USA)
sw. USA (ARIZONA) & MEXICO
sw. USA (several states) & MEXICO
USA, se. TEXAS & Adj. ne. MEXICO
USA, Central TEXAS ("hill country")
CENTRAL AMERICA / MEXICO (not known from the USA)
Accepted by J.P. Duffels: 22 Apr. 2011; published: 30 May 2011
ISSN 1175-5326 (print edition)
Copyright © 2011 · Magnolia Press ISSN 1175-5334 (online edition)
Zootaxa 2897: 35–50 (2011)
www.mapress.com/zootaxa/ Article 35
The genus Cacama Distant, 1904 (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with the description of three new species
ALLEN F. SANBORN, MAXINE S. HEATH2, POLLY K. PHILLIPS3 & JAMES E. HEATH2