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Species Cacama collinaplaga

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 Cacama (Cactus Dodgers)
Species collinaplaga (Cacama collinaplaga)
Explanation of Names
Cacama collinaplaga sp. n. Sanborn & M. Heath
Range
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. (??)
Habitat
Scrub in the central Texas "hills"
Season
May-early July
"early summer thru midsummer"
Food
Associated with Cacti (Opuntia)
Life Cycle
Unknown but likely taking several years and most closely associated with cacti (Opuntia & allied Genera)
Remarks
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.
See Also
Several species
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)
Print References
Accepted by J.P. Duffels: 22 Apr. 2011; published: 30 May 2011
ZOOTAXA
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