Genus Ticrania Emeljanov 2006

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Family Dictyopharidae Spinola, 1839

Subfamily Orgeriinae Fieber, 1872

Tribe Orgeriini Fieber, 1872

Genus Ticrania Emeljanov 2006
Type species (in original combination): Ticida chamberlini Van Duzee, 1923: 187.



Southern (probably coastal) California and Mexico (Baja California and Gulf of California).

Distribution of Ticrania from FLOW (8 Oct 2018)

Recognized species

There is a single species currently in the genus:
Ticrania chamberlini (Van Duzee, 1923) – USA: CA; Mexico (Baja California, Ángel de la Guarda Island)
= Ticida chamberlini Van Duzee, 1923: 187.
= Ticrania chamberlini (Van Duzee, 1923); comb. by Emeljanov 2006: 73.

Economic Importance:


Known host plants:



Brachypterous, leaving several terga visible from above, tegulae hidden (all Orgeriinae); no callosity behind eye; head rounded or angulate, produced in front of eyes for distance less than 2/3 width of eyes. Vertex broad and short; apical cell of vertex (areolet) absent; front without horizontal black band above frontoclypeal suture; fore and middle tibiae not foliaceous; pronotum with lateral carinae, posterior margin deeply U-shaped; forewing with uniform net of veins (Most similar to Ticida, which has a black band above the frontoclypeal suture).

Keys to genus of US Orgeriinae in Doering & Darby 1943 and Doering (1955).

Ticrania chamberlini (Holotype; photos courtesy Norm PennyCalifornia Academy of Sciences, Dept. Entomology)

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Ticrania on
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Found by inspecting (or beating) putative hosts.

Molecular resources: 

As of this writing, data for this genus is not available on Genbank or on Barcode of life.

Selected references:

Ball, E. D. 1937. Some new Fulgoridae from Western United States. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 32: 171-183.

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.

Doering, K. C. 1955. Some taxonomic and morphological studies of two genera of North American Dictyopharidae. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 37(7): 195-221.

Doering, K. C. 1956. The taxonomic value of the pretarsal structures in the classification of certain Fulgoroidea. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 37: 627-643. pdf [Ticrania studied]

Doering, K. C. and H. H. Darby. 1943. A contribution to the taxonomy of the genus Orgerius in America, north of Mexico (Fulgoridae, Homoptera). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 16(2-3): 64-98.

Emeljanov, A. F. 1983. Dictyopharidae from the Cretaceous deposits on the Taymyr Peninsula (Insecta, Homoptera). Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal 3: 79-85 [In Russian; translated in: Paleontological Journal 17(3): 77-82].

Emeljanov, A. F. 2006. Taxonomic changes in American Ogeriinae (Homoptera; Dictyopharidae). Zoosystematica Rossica 15:73-76.

Fieber, F. X. 1872a. Katalog der europäischen Cicadinen, nach Originalien mit Benützung der neuesten Literatur. Carl Gerold’s Sohn, Wein [Vienna, Austria]. Pp.: i-iv, 1-19.

Metcalf, Z. P. 1946. General Catalogue of the Homoptera. Fascicle IV Fulgoroidea. Part 8 Dictyopharidae. Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts.

Spinola, M. 1839a. Essai sur les Fulgorelles, sous-tribu de la tribu des Cicadaires, ordre des Rhyngotes. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 8: 133-337.

Van Duzee, E. P. 1923a. Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Gulf of California in 1921 – The Hemiptera (True Bugs, etc.). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Ser. 4) 12: 123-200. (p. 187)

Wilson, S. W., C. Mitter, R. F. Denno and M. R. Wilson. 1994. Evolutionary patterns of host plant use by delphacid planthoppers and their relatives. In: R. F. Denno and T. J. Perfect, (eds.). Planthoppers: Their Ecology and Management. Chapman and Hall, New York. Pp. 7-45 & Appendix.

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