Genus Meristopsis Kennedy, Bartlett and Wilson 2012

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Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815

Subfamily Delphacinae Leach, 1815

Tribe Delphacini Leach, 1815

Genus Meristopsis Kennedy et al. 2012

Type species (in original combination): Meristopsis rhamphis Kennedy et al. 2012


Two nominative species are found in the United States (Florida) and Central America.

Distribution of Meristopsis from FLOW

Distribution of Meristopsis from FLOW (as of 3 March 2020).

Recognized species

Meristopsis rhamphis Kennedy et al. 2012 – USA: Florida

Meristopsis melanosteptos Kennedy et al. 2012 – USA: Florida; Belize, Guatemala

Plant associations

None reported.

Economic Importance



Uniform brown, often glossy; frons often darkened at fastiguim.  Both species with unusual genitalia, especially the hook-tipped aedagus of M. rhamphis and the pronounced dorsal spine of M. melanosteptos.  Genus similar in overall appearance to Nilaparvata, Euides, Pareuidella; but differing from all these by the simple parameres.

Meristopsis rhamphis

Meristopsis rhamphis

Meristopsis rhamphis

Meristopsis melanosteptos

Meristopsis melanosteptos


Most specimens were collected at lights.

Molecular resources



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.

Kennedy, A. C., C. R. Bartlett and S. W. Wilson. 2012. An annotated checklist of the delphacid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) of Florida with the description of three new species and the new genus, Meristopsis. Florida Entomologist 95(2): 395-421.

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

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