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Tribe Telamonini

Membracid 06 - Glossonotus acuminatus Locust Treehopper - Thelia bimaculata - male Treehopper - Telamona tarda Telamona extrema Treehopper - Telamona salvini ??? - Telamona subfalcata - female Membracidae, exuviae Treehopper, Telamona extrema? - Telamona extrema UDCC_TCN 00008149 - Glossonotus acuminatus - female
Classification
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 (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Membracidae (Typical Treehoppers)
Subfamily Smiliinae
Tribe Telamonini
Explanation of Names
Telamonini Goding 1892
Numbers
10 genera, with >60 spp. in our area(1) and 68 spp. total(2)
Identification
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.
Range
New World; 7 genera occur only in the Nearctic region(3)
Food
host plants listed in(4)
Remarks
"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.