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Tribe Telamonini

treehopper - Telamona concava ? - Archasia pallida Telamona excelsa - female Unknown treehoppper - Telamona ampelopsidis Treehopper, Heliria or Telamona? - Telamona collina Treehopper, Telamona? - Telamona decorata Treehopper, Archasia palladia? - Archasia pallida Treehopper, Telamona projecta? - Telamona projecta
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 Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Membracidae (Typical Treehoppers)
Subfamily Smiliinae
Tribe Telamonini
Explanation of Names
Telamonini Goding 1892
10 genera, with >60 spp. in our area(1) and 68 spp. total(2)
This is a notoriously difficult tribe of treehoppers to identify. It is often imperative that host plant information be obtained for members of this tribe as many species are host-specific. There are likely many undescribed species in this group and the identities of certain species is uncertain. Identification is often impossible without collection due to the high morphological variability within species. Many images identified to species under this page are done so tentatively—please check the species pages for more information on the identification of each species.
New World; 7 genera occur only in the Nearctic region(3)
host plants listed in(4)
"The taxonomy [...] lags far behind the evidence that many of the 'genera' are in fact just distinctive pronotal shapes of closely related species. There are species of Heliria, Telamona and even Glossonotus that are so closely related that they genetically 'barcode' as the same species! --K.G.A. Hamilton, pers. comm. to =v=, 12.viii.2013
Generic divisions may receive clarity in the future through nymph association, although there are nymphs that do not neatly fit with others. A number of methods will be needed to introduce changes to the higher taxonomy of this group.