Genus Melaniphax Bartlett, 2019

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Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815

Subfamily Delphacinae Leach, 1815

Tribe Delphacini Leach, 1815

Genus Melaniphax Bartlett, 2019: 362.

Type speciesMelaniphax suffusculus Bartlett, 2019


Costa Rica

Distribution of Melanipax from FLOW

Distribution of Melanipax from FLOW (as of 23 Dec 2020)

Recognized species

This genus is represented by a single species.

Melaniphax suffusculus Bartlett, 2019: 362 – Costa Rica (Heredia)

Economic importance


Plant associations

None reported.


Body brown with infuscated wings, carinae concolorous with body. Head in lateral view smoothly rounded vertex + frons. Body in lateral view with hunch-backed appearance. Male terminalia without teeth or processes on the ventral margin of opening in caudal view. Gonostyli simple, forceps-like, bearing a tooth on caudal
margin just below midline. Aedeagus short, compressed, very stout bearing asymmetrical lateral serrate projections. Anal tube with short, stout caudally directed projections on caudoventral margin and slender, elongate projections on anterocaudal margins.

Melaniphax suffusculus

Melaniphax suffusculus habitus

Melaniphax suffusculus

Melaniphax suffusculus male terminalia

Online resources

EOL. (not present as of Dec 2020)
Bugguide. (n/a)
Discover Life.
Hoppers of North Carolina. (n/a)
Kunzweb Gallery. (n/a)
American Insects. (n/a)
BOLD. (not present, link to subfamily)
GBIF. (not present as of Dec 2020)
iNaturalist. (n/a)

Molecular resources

There is no sequence data for this taxon as of Dec. 2020.

Selected References

Bartlett, C. R. 2019. A new genus and species of Delphacidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Delphacidae) from Costa Rica. Zootaxa 4657(2): 361-368.

Leach, W. E. 1815a. Entomology. The Edinburg encyclopedia; conducted by David Brewster 9: 57-172. (family Delphacidae here).


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