Eur. J. Entomol. 113: 233-239, 2016 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2016.028

Neither Menoscinae nor Lophopinae, a new genus that challenges the current classification of the Lophopidae Stål, 1866 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha)

Menglin WANG1,2, Yinglun WANG1,*, Adeline SOULIER-PERKINS3
1 Key Laboratory of Plant Protection Resources and Pest Management of the Ministry of Education, Entomological Museum, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, China; e-mails:,
2 Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB-UMR 7205 MNHN-CNRS-UPMC-EPHE, Sorbonne Universités, 57 rue Cuvier, CP 50, F-75005 Paris, France
3 Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Mécanismes adaptatifs et évolution, MECADEV-UMR 7179 MNHN-CNRS, 57 rue Cuvier, CP 50, F-75005 Paris, France; e-mail:

The monotypic genus Silvispina M. Wang & Soulier-Perkins, gen. n. and new species S. changpotou M. Wang & Soulier-Perkins, sp. n. belonging to the family Lophopidae Stål, 1866, from Yunnan Province in China, is described and illustrated. The peculiarity of the first metatarsal segment of this genus is stressed and the taxonomic position of this new genus is discussed. The ornamentation and shape of metatibia and first tarsal segment (the characters that currently distinguish the subfamilies Menoscinae and Lophopinae) do not agree with either subfamily and the new genus is placed as incertae sedis in the Lophopidae. The genus Ridesa Schumacher, 1915 is removed from the family Lophopidae and placed in the Achilidae.

Keywords: Fulgoroidea, Lophopidae, planthopper, Silvispina changpotou, new genus, new species, morphology, Yunnan

Received: November 23, 2015; Accepted: January 12, 2016; Revised: January 12, 2016; Published online: February 25, 2016Show citation

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WANG, M., WANG, Y., & SOULIER-PERKINS, A. (2016). Neither Menoscinae nor Lophopinae, a new genus that challenges the current classification of the Lophopidae Stål, 1866 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha). Eur. J. Entomol.113(1), 2016.000. doi: 10.14411/eje.2016.028.
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