A checklist of New World delphacid species

[back to Higher Classification of Delphacidae]

An account of New World species with links to tribe and genus pages

[Still working on changing links to new server; update: they should all be working]

The higher taxonomy presented here follows that of Asche (1985a, 1990) as modified by Urban et al. (2010).  Emeljanov (1996) and Hamilton (2006) differ in presenting only two or three subfamilies with the remainder reduced to tribes, but their arrangement is otherwise similar.

A simple listing of delphacid classification, including the placement of delphacid genera in higher categories. I’ve included links to the genus-pages on this site.

I am currently updating this site to adopt changes in the recent checklist by Bartlett et al. (2014). Some of the basic taxonomic updates are now done, but I have not added references or attended to other details yet.

A list of genera (as of June 1 2013) by subfamily and tribe is here: (rtf file, with author and year for genera, or rtf file, listed without author and year). These need to be updated; the genera in higher categories page should be up to date.

Click the link following the tribe name for a listing of the New World species in that tribe. Some genera (eventually all the genera) have links to more detailed descriptions.

The entire list in PDF format will be posted here soon. is here. (This file is updated relative to the one on the menu to the left, but that should be temporary).

A list of type species of New World delphacid genera is here.

Photos of Delphacidae on the web:
I’ll try to link to these sites as appropriate, but some sites that give good photos of Delphacidae are:
British Bugs
Gernot Knuz website: Europe and Costa Rica.
Keiji Morishima’s Japanese Auchenorrhyncha Image Gallery (Delphacidae here) [This site now gone; wish I had saved more of the images].

Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815: 125.

(BHL in a later edition, Delphacidae appears on P. 714)

Subfamily Asiracinae Fieber, 1872: 5 (a description of the features of the Asiracinae is here.)

Tribe Asiracini Fieber, 1872: 5 (2 New World genera)

Pentagramma vittatifrons

Tribe Idiosystanini Emeljanov 1995: 780 (3 New World genera)

Neopunana caribbensis

Tribe Neopunanini Emeljanov 1995: 781 (1 New World genus)

Tribe Platysystatini Emeljanov 1995: 782 (4 New World genera)

Tribe Tetrasteirini Emeljanov 1995: 782  (1 New World genus)

Tribe Ugyopini Fennah, 1979: 116 (2 New World genera)


Subfamily Vizcayinae (No New World species, 1 tribe; 10 species in 2 genera, tropical Asia)

Vizcaya bakeri

Tribe Vizcayini Asche, 1990: 154 (link to PDF)

Subfamily Plesiodelphacinae (1 tribe, linked below)

Tribe Plesiodelphacini Asche, 1985b: 219 (2 New World genera)

Subfamily Kelisiinae Wagner, 1963: 173

Tribe Kelisiini Wagner, 1963: 173 (1 New World genus)

Subfamily Stenocraninae Wagner, 1963: 174

Tribe Stenocranini Wagner, 1963: 174 (5 New World genera)

Subfamily Delphacinae Leach, 1815: 125

Tribe Saccharosydnini Vilbaste, 1968: 12 (4 New World genera)

Tribe Tropidocephalini Muir, 1915: 269 (6 New World genera)

Delphacodes puella

Tribe Delphacini Leach, 1815: 125 (80 or so New world genera)



Asche, M. 1985a. Zur Phylogenie der Delphacidae Leach, 1815 (Homoptera: Cicadina: Fulgoromorpha). Marburger Entomologische Publikationen 2(1):1-398 AND 2(2): 399-910.

Asche, M. 1985b. A new subfamily, genus and species of Delphacidae from South America: Plesiodelphacinae subfam. nov., Plesiodelphax guayanus gen. et spec. nov. (Homoptera Fulgoroidea). Marburger Entomologische Publikationen 1(10): 219-240.

Asche, M. 1990. Vizcayinae, a new subfamily of Delphacidae with revision of Vizcaya Muir (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea) – a significant phylogenetic link. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 30: 154-187. (link is to a PDF)

Bartlett, C. R. and A. C. Kennedy. 2018. A review of New World Malaxa (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Delphacidae). Zootaxa 441(3): 511-528. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4441.3.5.

Bartlett, C. R., L. B. O’Brien and S. W. Wilson. 2014. A review of the planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of the United States. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 50: 1-287.

Crawford, D. L. 1914. A contribution toward a monograph of the homopterous insects of the family Delphacidae of North and South America. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 46: 557-640.

Emeljanov, A. F. 1996. On the question of the classification and phylogeny of the Delphacidae (Homoptera, Cicadina), with reference to larval characters. Entomological Review 75(9): 134-150 (originally published Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 1995, 74(4): 780-794; page references above are to the Russian version].

Fennah, R. G. 1979. Tribal classification of Asiracine Delphacidae (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Entomologist’s Record (I/V./79): 116.

Fieber, F. X. 1872. Katalog der europäischen Cicadinen, nach Originalien mit Benützung der neuesten Literatur. Carl Gerold’s Sohn, Wein [Vienna, Austria]. Pp. i-iv, 1-19.

Hamilton, K.G.A. 2006. The planthopper genus Stenocranus in Canada: implications for classification of Delphacidae (Hemiptera). Canadian Entomologist 138(4): 493-503.

Leach, W. E. 1815. Entomology. The Edinburg Encyclopedia; conducted by David Brewster. 9: 57-172. (Delphacidae on P. 125) (a subsequent issue is here).

Muir, F.A.G. 1915. A contribution toward the taxonomy of the Delphacidae. Canadian Entomologist 47: 208-212, 261-270, 296-302, 317-320.

Urban J. M., C. R. Bartlett and J. R. Cryan. 2010. Evolution of Delphacidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea): combined-evidence phylogenetics reveals importance of grass host shifts. Systematic Entomology 35(4): 678-691.

Van Duzee, E. P. 1907. Notes on Jamaican Hemiptera: A report on a collection of Hemiptera made on the island of Jamaica in the spring of 1906. Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences 8(5): 3-79.

Vilbaste, J. 1968. K faune tsikadovykh Primorskogo kraia [Über die Zikadenfauna des Primorje Gebietes]. Valgus, Tallin, Estonia [Russian with German summary].

Wagner, W. 1963 [dated 1962]. Dynamische Taxionomie, angewandt auf die Delphaciden Mitteleuropas. Mitteilungen aus dem Hamburgischen Zoologischen Museum und Institut 60: 111-189.

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