Genus Kelisicranus Bartlett, 2006

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Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815

Subfamily Stenocraninae Wagner, 1963

Tribe Stenocranini Wagner, 1963

Genus Kelisicranus Bartlett, 2006

Type species (in original combination): Kelisicranus arundiniphagus Bartlett, 2006.

Distribution: Midwestern USA.

Distribution of Kelisicranus from FLOW

Distribution of Kelisicranus from FLOW (as of 10 Feb 2020)

Recognized species

There is a single species currently placed in this genus.

Kelisicranus arundiniphagus Bartlett, 2006 – USA: Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee

Plant associations

Kelisicranus arundiniphagus is reported from Arundinaria gigantea (Walter) Muhl. (giant cane; Poaceae); also reported from Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash var. scoparium; little bluestem, Poaceae), although this later record needs confirmation.

Economic Importance



Among North American Stenocraninae, it is the only species with the forward projecting head and the rather angulate fastigium.  Also among North American Stenocraninae, this species shares with Stenocranus similis in having the female gonoplacs normal (not enlarged).  Hamilton (2006), based on a female, interpreted a specimen of this species as being a North American record of the Asian genus Terauchiana, a matter discussed by Bartlett (2010).

Kelisicranus arundiniphagus is unusual in possessing a structure very similar to a subanal process like that of the Kelisiinae.

Kelisicranus arundiniphagus

Kelisicranus arundiniphagus

Molecular resources

There are no data on this genus in Genbank or BOLD.

Selected references

Bartlett, C. R. 2006 (dated 2005). Two new genera and species of stenocranine planthoppers (Hemiptera : Delphacidae) from North America. Entomological News 116(5): 291-303.

Bartlett, C. R. 2010 (dated 2009). Diversity in New World Stenocranine Planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 135(4): 443-486.

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.

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. 1815a. Entomology. The Edinburg encyclopedia; conducted by David Brewster 9: 57-172. (family Delphacidae p. 125).

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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