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Paraphlepsius fuscipennis - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- note slightly pointed head

© Kyle Kittelberger- male

© Kyle Kittelberger- female; note shape of
pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CicadellidaeSubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A tawny brown species mottled with white irrorations. The crown is short and rounded, not produced. The female pregenital sternite has sharp lateral lobes and a minute notch on the median projection; there is a small dark border on the sides of the projection. The male subgenital plates are long and triangular. Adult males are 5.3-5.8 mm long, females are 6.0-6.6 mm. (Hamilton 1975)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: Largely confined to Gulf and Atlantic coasts of United States. (Hamilton 1975)
Abundance: Recorded from several counties in the Coastal Plain; likely more abundant along the coast.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Only found in saltwater marshes (Hamilton 1975)
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a black light.
Comment: P. fuscipennis has two subspecies: P. f. fuscipennis and P. f. seminolus. The individuals found in North Carolina belong to seminolus.

NOTE: This species closely resembles P. continuus and is a member of the "continuus group." However, P. fuscipennis is found only in saltwater marsh habitat along the coast and in most instances individuals that resemble the "continuus group" can be assumed to be P. continuus. Additionally, fuscipennis has a slightly produced head, whereas continuus has a completely evenly rounded head. In coastal areas, it would be good to obtain underside pictures of the genitalic features, as well as length measurements.

Status: Native
Global and State Rank: GNR [G4G5] [S3S4]

Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius fuscipennis No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Out Of State Co.
Comment: NCSU specimen