Genus Plesiodelphax Asche, 1985

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Family Delphacidae Leach, 1815

Subfamily Plesiodelphacinae Asche, 1985b

Tribe Plesiodelphacini Asche, 1985b

Genus Plesiodelphax Asche, 1985

Type species (in original combination): Plesiodelphax guayanus Asche, 1985.




Neotropical (Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana; northeastern South America).


Recognized species

There are 2 species currently placed in this genus.

Plesiodelphax guayanus Asche, 1985 – Brazil, French Guiana
Burnilia longicaput Muir, 1926  (Guyana) belongs in this genus; I had thought that this transfer had already taken place but that does not appear to be the case.

Plant associations

None reported.  Possibly on Heliconia as reported for Burnilia.

Economic Importance

Limited – species poorly known.


One of very few New World genera that I have no photos and no available specimens.

Abstract from Asche 1985b

This genus described and segregated from Burnilia by Asche (1985b).  A rare taxon, essentially unknown to me.

Molecular resources

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

Selected references

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.

Leach, W. E. 1815a. Entomology. The Edinburg encyclopedia; conducted by David Brewster 9: 57-172. (family Delphacidae page 125).

Muir, F.A.G. 1926b. Contributions to our knowledge of South American Fulgoroidea (Homoptera). Part I. The Family Delphacidae. Experiment Station of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association, Entomological Series, Bulletin 18: 1-51, plates 1-5.

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