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Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara: Zootaxa 4281(1)
2017-07-10
Just in time for the 15th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (9-15 July 2017), a special issue of Zootaxa is hot off the presses to celebrate the prolific and impressive career of esteemed Brazilian hemipterist Albino M. Sakakibara. This Festschrift (dated 22 June 2017) includes 23 original taxonomic works in honor of Dr. Sakakibara. The Foreword from the Editors (Evangelista, Takiya, and Dietrich 2017a) presents an overview of Sakakibara's extraordinary contributions on the Auchenorrhyncha. It includes a bibliography of his works and a list of 33 patronyms dedicated to him (see, for example, representatives of the treehopper genus Sakakibarella, below). We agree with the editors who conclude that A. M. Sakakibara "will inspire generations of young taxonomists to come."

Evangelista, O.; Takiya, D. M.; Dietrich, C. H. 2017a. The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Foreword from the Editors. Zootaxa 4281(1): 5-21. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara.] This editorial foreword is available online.

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Figures 1-2. 1, Sakakibarella elongate Creão-Duarte; 2, S. seminigra Creão-Duarte. (Images © 2006, by Albino M. Sakakibara).

Dr. Sakakibara is especially well known for his many outstanding works on Neotropical treehoppers as documented in the bibliography of his works up to April 2017 (Evangelista et al. 2017a, pp. 17-21). Eight original taxonomic publications in the 2017 Festschrift treat treehoppers:

Flórez-V., C.; Evangelista, O. 2017. New species in the treehopper genus Bocydium Latreille, with description of nymphal stages and observations on their natural history. Zootaxa 4281: 22-57. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] This work presents an illustrated key to the 20 species of Bocyidium, including 6 n. spp. described by the first author: B. bilobum, B. hadronotum, B. mae, B. sakakibarai, B. sanmiguelense and B. tatamaense; also B. cubitale Richter, 1954, is placed a junior synonym of B. bulliferum Goding, 1930.

Creão-Duarte, A. J.; Cabral, V. A.; Lourenço, A. 2017a. A new species of Lycoderes Sakakibara [sic] (Hemiptera, Membracidae, Stegaspidinae) from Brazil. Zootaxa 4281(1): 58-62. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] Lycoderes albinoi, n. sp., is described and illustrated--thus 18 valid species are recognized for the genus Lycoderes Germar [sensu Sakakibara 2013a].

Dietrich, C, H. 2017a. A new treehopper genus and species from Puerto Rico (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Stegaspidinae) with notes on other Caribbean Membracidae. Zootaxa 4281(1): 63-69. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] Bortinctolania, n. gen., and B. sakakibarai, n. sp., are described and placed as incertae sedis within the subfamily Stegaspidinae. A key is provided to those Caribbean genera that lack a posterior pronotal process and are placed incertae sedis either within Membracidae (genus Togotolania) or within Stegaspidinae (3 genera).

Gaiani, M. A. 2017a. Problematode: an enigmatic new genus of Membracidae (Hemiptera with two new species from Venezuela. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] Problematode, n. gen. (incertae sedis within the family Membracidae), is described to include P. sakakibarai and P. inerme, n. spp., from the Coastal Montane Forests of Venezuela.

Creão-Duarte, A. J.; Rothéa, R. R. A. D.; Lourenço, A.; Cabral, V. A.; Evangelista, O. 2017a. Two rema[r]kable new species of Notocera Amyot and Serville, 1843 (Hemiptera, Membracidae, Hypsoprorini) from the Brazilian Caatinga. Zootaxa 4281(1): 77-89. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] This work describes and illustrates Notocera colavitei Creão-Duarte and Rothéa, n. sp., and N. sakakibarai Creão-Duarte and Lourenço, n. sp.

Camacho, L. F.; Flórez-V, C.; Evangelista, O. 2017a. Notes on the genus Sakakibarella Creão-Duarte with description of three new species (Membracidae: Membracinae: Hoplophorionini). Zootaxa 4281(1): 90-107. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] This work presents a key to the 7 species of Sakakibarella, including 3 n. spp. described by Flórez-V and Camacho from Colombia: S. albinoi, S. crassa, S. santaceciliae.

Gonzalez-Mozo, L.; McKamey, S. H.; Ware, J. L.; Hamilton, G. 2017a Two new species of Darnini (Hemiptera: Membracidae) from Colombia and Peru. Zootaxa 4281(1): 108-114. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] Cyphotes colombiensis, n. sp., from Colombia, and Hypheodana sakakibarai, n. sp., from Peru, are described and illustrated.

McKamey, S. H. 2017a. Two new species of unusual Ceresini (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Smiliinae). Zootaxa 4281(1): 115-119. [in The art and science of describing nature's surrealists: Festschrift Celebrating the Career of Albino Morimasa Sakakibara] Cyphonia sakakibarai, n. sp., from Brazil, and Poppea unispina, n. sp., from Costa Rica, are described and illustrated.

New Research on the Majestic Treehopper Subfamily Heteronotinae
2017-04-25
Evangelitsa, O.; Sakakibara, A. M.; Cryan, J. R.; Urban, J. M. 2017a. A phylogeny of the treehopper subfamily Heteronotinae reveals convergent pronotal traits (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Membracidae). Systematic Entomology 42: 410-428.

This work includes a phylogenetic reconstruction of relationships within the Heteronotinae based on DNA nucleotide sequence data from 5 nuclear and 2 mitochondrial genes for an extensive sampling of 9 of 10 genera currently placed in this subfamily. Furthermore, mapping selected morphological traits of the pronotum on the resulting phylogeny suggested repeated acquisitions of similar traits. Many of these pronotal traits apparently arose independently within the genus Heteronotus. Overall, the data support the monophyly of the subfamily (excluding Darnoides) and five of its included genera, but also suggest the existence of new undescribed genera as well a species complex with Heteronotus delineatus. At the species level, one new combination is proposed and one original combination is reinstated.

World Hemiptera Day, 21 April
2017-04-20
Thierry Bourgoin, Chair of the International Auchenorrhyncha Society, reminds us that World Hemiptera Day, 21 April, is a great time to promote the 15th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress (IAC) and the 10th International Workshop on Leafhoppers and Planthoppers of Economic Importance, 9-15 July 2017, in Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil--the first IAC in South America.

On 21 April, join our colleagues worldwide in celebrating the rich diversity in hemipteran forms, biologies, behaviors, ecologies, and interactions with human society. We are especially pleased that the World Hemiptera Day logo, created by Jacek Szwedo, features a handsome treehopper.

© 2016, Jacek Szwedo, CC license: by_nc_sa_3_0.

Celebrate the 25th Annual Treehopper Aggregation: 1-4 June 2017, Little Orleans, Maryland
2017-04-06
Join us for the 2017 Treehopper Gathering set for 1 June to 4 June (arrive Thursday, depart Sunday), at the Little Orleans Campground, Little Orleans, Maryland. We note that by popular demand, an extra day is added to this year’s aggregation. Located in scenic western Maryland, this event offers a relaxed, casual setting to meet and collect with others passionate about treehoppers and other insects.

Participants are expected to provide their own tents, food, and camping gear, and to share in the cost of the group campground registration and the group meal provided on Saturday evening.

To reserve a campsite with our group or to obtain further information, contact Charles Bartlett. Advanced registration with Charles is essential to assure that you have a campsite.

Bring your collecting and camping gear, camera, unidentified treehopper specimens, and a bathing suit!

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