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New Collaborator and Links to Checklists with Treehopper Images
2017-09-12
To our lists of collaborators (see Treehoppers Acknowledgments and Archive of Past News), we add Todd F. Elliott (School of Environmental & Rural Sciences, University of New England, New South Wales, Australia).

Figs. 1-2. Todd took these wonderful photos of Anchon speciosum Capener in the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon; our team member Dawn Flynn identified the treehopper to species.

1 2 Images © 2017, by Todd F. Elliott

Speaking of treehopper images, among the growing number of online resources on treehoppers are the following illustrated checklists for Florida, North Carolina, Signapore, and Texas. Nicky Bay’s treehopper images from Signapore are exceptionally stunning.

"Smithsonian Insider" Features Treehoppers
2017-08-31
Barrat, J. 2017a. Beautiful and bizarre, treehoppers suck sap and can spread disease. Smithsonian Insider (Animals, Earth Science, Plants, Q & A, Research News, Science & Nature Animals): 28 August 2017. [online publication]

See this popular article about treehoppers and USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory scientist Stuart McKamey, a dedicated researcher and member of our Treehoppers Team.

J. A. Ramos Collection of Treehoppers and Other Auchenorrhyncha
2017-08-31
On 21 August 2017, the North Carolina State University Insect Museum received the personal Auchenorrhyncha collection of the late entomologist José A. Ramos (portrait below). Donated to NCSU by his son Dr. Stuart Ramos, this collection includes approximately 50,000 specimens of cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, spittle bugs, and treehoppers from the Caribbean Islands and Central and South America. Dr. J. A. Ramos, an alumnus of NC State, earned both his M.S. (1945) and Ph.D. (1956) at State, working under the direction of Zeno P. Metcalf and later Clyde F. Smith. The J. A. Ramos collection of Auchenorrhyncha was previously housed at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaqüez. At NCSU, it joins the excellent Auchenorrhyncha collections of Zeno P. Metcalf, Wilhelm Wagner, and David A. Young.

José Andrés Ramos Alemar (1915-1989)

Treehopper Publications by José A. Ramos

Ramos, J. A. 1947a. The insects of Mona Island (West Indies). The Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico 30: 1-74, Plates 1-2. [notes on Paradarnoides spp., including P. danforthi, n. sp.; based on Ramos 1945 (unpublished Master’s thesis, State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina, Raleigh)]
Ramos, J. A. 1956a. Review of the auchenorhynchous [sic] Homoptera of Puerto Rico. Part III. Kinnaridae, Cercopidae, Membracidae and Cicadidae. Dissertation Abstracts 16(4): 62. [abstract of Ramos 1956 (unpublished dissertation, North Carolina State College, Raleigh); dissertation published as Ramos 1957a]
Ramos, J. A. 1957a. A review of the auchenorhynchous [sic] Homoptera of Puerto Rico. The Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico 41(1):38-117. [with Spanish summary; Antillotolania, Deiroderes, Jibarita, and Spathenotus, n. gen., and 9 n. spp. of Membracidae]
Ramos, J. A. 1979a. Membracidae de la República Dominicana (Homoptera: Auchenorhyncha). Universidad de Puerto Rico (Mayagüez), Estación Experimental Agrícola Boletin 260: 1-71. [in Spanish with English summary; Monobeloides n. gen., and 17 n. spp. in various genera]
Ramos, J. A. 1988a. Zoogeography of the auchenorrhynchous Homoptera of the Greater Antilles (Hemiptera). pp. 61-70. In Liebherr, J. K. (ed.). Zoogeography of Caribbean Insects. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. xii + 285 pp. [notes on Membracidae; lists 26 genera, p. 64]
Ramos, J. A. 1990a (dated 1989). New West Indian Membracidae (Homoptera: Auchenorrhyncha). Caribbean Journal of Science 25(3-4): 153-163. [notes on 10 n. spp. in 6 genera; publication dated 1989, but "Mailed February 1990”].

Flynnia, a new genus of Thuridini, and erroneous records of South American members of the tribe Smiliini
2017-08-30
McKamey, S. H. 2017b. The identity of three South American "smiliine " treehoppers (Hemiptera, Membracidae) and related taxonomic changes in Thuridini. ZooKeys 678:65-72. [available online.]

The new genus Flynnia (Membracidae: Smiliinae: Thuridini) is named in honor of treehopper worker Dawn Flynn; its type species--Ophiderma fascipennis Funkhouser (Figs. 1-3)--is known from Bolivia and Ecuador. Thelia planeflava Fairmaire, from Brazil, is placed incertae sedis within the tribe Polyglyptini (Smillinae). Atymna pilosa Funkhouser, from Peru, is placed in the genus Amastris (Smiliinae: Amastrini). Cyrtolobus (Atymna) atromarginata Goding, from Ecuador, is placed in the genus Antianthe (unplaced within Smiliinae).

Figs 1-3. Flynnia fascipennis (Funkhouser), male holotype (USNM). 1, anterior aspect; 2, lateral; 3, dorsal.
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