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Family Clastopteridae - Clastopterid Spittlebugs

Alder Spittlebug - Clastoptera obtusa Red Cedar Spittlebug? - Clastoptera arborina - Clastoptera arborina Clastoptera sp. - Clastoptera hopper sp. - Clastoptera saintcyri Arizona Spittlebug for ID - Clastoptera arizonana AMNH_IZC 00316655 - Clastoptera siskiyou - female Clastoptera lineatocollis complex? - Clastoptera UDCC_TCN 00102232 - Clastoptera texana
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 Cercopoidea (Spittlebugs)
Family Clastopteridae (Clastopterid Spittlebugs)
Explanation of Names
Clastopteridae Dohrn 1859
Numbers
>30 spp. in one genus in our area, 80 spp. in 3 genera total (all but 3 Oriental spp. are in Clastoptera)(1)
Remarks
Per preliminary genetic work, it appears that there are two major diverging clades of the U.S. Clastoptera; one consisting of oblique bands on the forewings (Clastoptera in the strict sense), sometimes referred to as the "obtusa-group" and another clade consisting of the lineatocollis-complex + the proteus-group. It is unclear where some species with less clear characters fall in relation to these tribes which have not been genetically tested (Hendrix, unpublished).