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- 1 Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815
Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815
Subfamily Delphacinae Leach, 1815
Tribe Delphacini Leach, 1815
Genus Anchidelphax Fennah, 1965: 97.
Type species (in original combination): Megamelus albidens havanensis Crawford, 1914
Caribbean and Northern South America
There are only two species in the genus.
Anchidelphax albidens (Crawford, 1914: 622) – Brazil
= Megamelus albidens Crawford, 1914: 622.
= Delphacodes albidens (Crawford, 1914); comb. by Muir and Giffard, 1924: 28.
= Anchidelphax albidens (Crawford, 1914); comb. by Fennah, 1965: 97.
Anchidelphax havanensis (Crawford, 1914: 622) – Cuba, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia
= Megamelus albidens havanensis Crawford, 1914: 622.
= Delphacodes havanensis (Crawford, 1914); comb. by Fennah, 1965: 97.
= Delphacodes mardininae Muir, 1918; syn. by Muir and Giffard, 1924: 28.
= Anchidelphax havanensis (Crawford, 1914); comb. by Fennah, 1965: 97.
Unknown, but presumably grasses.
I have collected a few specimens in the British West Indies sweeping grasses in the vicinity of salt ponds.
Infrequently encountered. Pale with downcurved aedeagus and lateral flange on lateral margin of pygofer. At least one undescribed Central American species.
Anchidelphax havanensis – Pale, sometimes with an orange cast. Male genitalia is unusual with sharply downcurved aedeagus and lateral flange on male pygofer. Anchidelphax albidens is not available for photography at this time.
Description of genus from Fennah 1965
Delicately built. Vertex quadrate, as long as broad or a little longer than broad, slightly narrower than eye, little surpassing eyes, anteriorly truncate, carinae distinct, uniting at anterior margin of head; frons longer than broad (about 2.6 : 1), widest at level of ocelli, lateral margins thence parallel, rostrum just surpassing mesotrochanters, basal segment of antennae longer than broad at apex (about 1.7 : 1), second segment longer than first (about 1.7 : 1). Pronotum as long as vertex, lateral discal carinae not reaching hind margin. Mesonotum of macropterous form rather short, broader than long (about 1.26 : 1), total length about 2.5 times length of mesoscutellum, disc narrow throughout; legs slender, calcar narrow, rather steeply tectiform, acute but not toothed apically, ventral surface flattened except at margins, which are low, about 16 fine teeth along margin. Pygofer short, ventrolaterally produced caudad in a pair of rounded lobes, no medioventral process or notch; aedeagus tubular, strongly decurved distad, orifice dorsal, fusiform.
Terminalia of Anchidelphax albidens from Muir & Giffard 1924
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BOLD. (Genera of Delphacinae)
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Fennah, R. G. 1965. New Species of Fulgoroidea (Homoptera) from the West Indies. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society, London 117(4): 95-126.
Leach, W. E. 1815a. Entomology. The Edinburg encyclopedia; conducted by David Brewster 9: 57-172. (family Delphacidae here)
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Muir, F.A.G. and W. M. Giffard. 1924a.. Studies in North American Delphacidae. Bulletin of the Experiment Station of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association, Entomological series no. 15: 1-53.