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Paraphlepsius incisus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note dark coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- note pregenital sternite
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: DeltocephalinaeTribe: PendariniSubgenus: Gamarex
Taxonomic Author: (Van Duzee, 1892)
Identification
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Description: A dark brown species with a densely reticulate pattern and a slightly produced crown, having a slight point at the apex. The male subgenital plates are somewhat triangle with bulging rounded lobes near the base. The female pregenital sternite is distinctive, with a prominent small triangular median notch and dark markings on the lateral margins; this sternite is characteristic of this species. The thoracic venter is dark brown. Adult males are 5.7-6.3 mm long, females are 5.9-6.4 mm. (Hamilton 1975)

For diagrams of this species, see: Dmitriev. For images of specimens, see: BOLD.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central North america
Abundance: Rare with a couple record from the mountains, possibly more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in low elevation montane, open mixed hardwood forest with a meadow edge.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: NOTE: Paraphlepsius is a challenging genus to identify, with a majority of the species requiring underside views of the pregenital sternite or male subgenital plates to allow for an identification; even then, an ID may not be possible. It is important to obtain clear, detailed images of the underside; length measurements can help as well.

This species is part of the "incisus group" within the subgenus Gamarex, a group that includes one other species: Paraphlepsius bifidus. This species has a much deeper notch, resulting in a more pronounced, bilobed pregenital sternite.

Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Paraphlepsius incisus No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Polk Co.
Comment: female, 6.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Polk Co.
Comment: female, 6.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Polk Co.
Comment: female, 6.3 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Polk Co.
Comment: female, 6.3 mm