Genus Monopsis Spinola, 1839

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Family Tropiduchidae Stål, 1866

Subfamily Tambiniinae Kirkaldy, 1907

Tribe Remosini Fennah, 1982
Genus Monopsis Spinola, 1839

Type species (in original combination): Monopsis tabida Spinola, 1839.




Presumably Caribbean (Dominican Republic).

Recognized species

There are 1 species currently in the genus [See Metcalf 1954: 94].

Monopsis tabida Spinola, 1839 – Dominican Republic? (Reported in error: USA: FL, Cuba) (original description reports from the US)

Monopsis sinica Walker, 1851: 327 – [Hong Kong] to Kallitaxila sinica (Walker, 1851) by Yang et al. 1989: 85.
= Monopsis viridicans Stål, 1859: 281; syn by Melichar 1914: 142

Economic Importance


Known host plants


Hosts from Wilson et al. (1994); plant names from USDA PLANTS or Tropicos.


Not verified from the U.S. (genus doubtfully distinct from Neurotmeta according to Metcalf & Bruner 1930, Fennah 1945).

Features: median carina of frons present; lateral fields of pronotum about as wide as median fields (vs. Pelitropis); vertex longer than broad (vs. Tangia breviceps); forewings with M forking 1/3 from base (vs. Neurotmenta).

No photos of confirmed Monopsis available! (no confirmed specimens seen, not confirmed since original description).

Monopsis is not on Bugguide.


Presumably at lights or beating.

Molecular resources

As of this writing, molecular data is not available for Monopis (the insect, not the plant) on Genbank or on Barcode of Life (the organisms in this genus on both sites are plants).

Selected references

Atkinson, E. T. 1885C [dated 1886]. Notes on Indian Rhynchota, No. 4. [Homoptera Indica.]. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 54:127-158.

Atkinson, E. T. 1886a. Notes on Indian Rhynchota, No. 5. [Homoptera Indica.]. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 55:12-83.

Fennah, R. G. 1945. The Tropiduchidae of the Lesser Antilles (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 47(6): 137-167.

Fennah, R.G. 1965 New species of Fulgoroidea (Homoptera) from the West Indies. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 117(4): 95-126.

Fennah, R. G. 1982. A tribal classification of the Tropiduchidae (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea), with description of a new species on tea in Malaysia. Bulletin of Entomological Research 72(4): 631-643.

Kirkaldy, G. W. 1907d. Leafhoppers supplement. (Hemiptera). Report of work of the Experiment Station of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association. Division of Entomology bulletin. 3: 1-186.

Melichar. L. 1914f. Monographie der Tropiduchinen (Homoptera). Verhandlungen des Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn 1914:1-145.

Metcalf, Z. P. 1954. General Catalogue of the Hemiptera. Fascicle IV, Fulgoroidea, Part 11 Tropiduchidae. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Metcalf, Z. P. and S. C. Bruner. 1930. Cuban Fulgorina. 1. The families Tropiduchidae and Acanaloniidae. Psyche 37:395-424.

O’Brien, L. B. 1992. The Tropiduchidae of the United States (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 85(2): 121-126.

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

Stål, C. 1859. Hemiptera. Species novas descripsit. Fregatten Eugenies Resa. Arkiv for Zoologi 4: 219-298.

Stål, C. 1862b. Synonymiska och systematiska anteckningar öfver Hemiptera. Öfversigt af Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps-Akadamiens Förhandlingar 19: 479-504.

Stål, C. 1866a. Hemiptera Homoptera Latr. Hemiptera Africana vol. 3-4. Officina Norstedtiana, Stockholm, Sweden. 200 + 276 pp. [From Smithsonian Biodiversity Heritage Library]

Van Duzee, E. P. 1917. Catalogue of the Hemiptera of America North of Mexico (excepting the Aphididae, Coccidae and Aleurodidae). University of California Publications, Technical Bulletins, vol. 2. University of California Press, Berkeley, pp. i-xiv, 1-902.

Walker, F. 1851. List of the specimens of Homopterous Insects in the collection of the British Museum. British Museum, London 2: 261-636.

Wilson, S. W. and J. E. McPherson. 1980. The distribution of the Fulgoroidea of the Eastern United States (Homoptera). Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 73(4): 7-20.

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.

Yang J. T., Chung-Tu Yang and M. R. Wilson. 1989. Tropiduchidae of Taiwan (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Taiwan Museum Special Publication Series 8: 65-152.

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