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Sanctanus aestuarium - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- note pattern

© Kyle Kittelberger- note coloration

© Kyle Kittelberger- male
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Taxonomic Author: (DeLong & Sleesman, 1929)
Identification
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Description: A very distinctively colored member of this genus with a broad, bluntly rounded vertex. Yellow to orange overall ontop of a base white color; there is a pair of oblique orange spots/bands on the vertex. The pronotum has a large orange spot on the anterior margin between the eyes, with another orange spot behind it in the center; there are also large orange spots behind each eye. The face is largely black. The anterior angles of the scutellum are orange; otherwise, the scutellum is an ashy white. The wings are orange with white venation, and the cells closer to the apex are margined with fuscous; there is a prominent black mark on near the middle of the costal margin, and an additional black mark near the apex and base of the wings. The male subgenital plates are short and strongly rounded convexly to pointed apexes. The female pregenital sternite is short on the lateral margins, with a broad trilobate posterior margin; there is a slight notch on either side of the central lobe, but the coloration causes the margin to appear trilobate. Adults are around 4.0 mm long. (DeLong & Hershberger 1946)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: First described from North Carolina, it is reported to occur in the tidal salt marsh of the lower Atlantic coast (DeLong & Hershberger 1946)
Abundance: Uncommon to rare in the Coastal Plain; likely more abundant in the region in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: In and near tidal salt marshes
Plant Associates: Presumably salt marsh grasses
Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment:
Status: Native
Global and State Rank: GNR [G3G4] [S3S4]
See also Habitat Account for Salt and Brackish Marshes

Species Photo Gallery for Sanctanus aestuarium No Common Name

Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Dare Co.
Comment: open woodland, with pines and other shrubs around
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Dare Co.
Comment: open woodland, with pines and other shrubs around
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
New Hanover Co.
Comment: marsh grass: black needlerush, spartina, etc.; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
New Hanover Co.
Comment: marsh grass: black needlerush, spartina, etc.; male
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
New Hanover Co.
Comment: marsh grass: black needlerush, spartina, etc.; male