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)
"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.
Contributed by v belov
on 23 November, 2012 - 11:57am
Additional contributions by antarctica
Last updated 13 March, 2021 - 2:13pm