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December 1, 2018

Hyalessa mahoni (Distant, 1906)

Filed under: Asia (Continent) | Genera Insectorum | Hyalessa | India | Sonatini | W. L. Distant — Tags: — Dan @ 1:01 am

Hyalessa mahoni (Distant, 1906) is a cicada found in India.

Its name changed from Oncotympana mahoni to Hyalessa mahoni, when it was moved to the Hyalessa China, 1925 genus. The Oncotympana Stål, 1870 genus still exists. Interestingly, the Hyalessa genus belongs to the Sonatini tribe and Oncotympana belongs to Cicadini.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Sonatini
Genus: Hyalessa
Species: Hyalessa mahoni (Distant, 1906)

Hyalessa mahoni (Distant, 1906)
The image says Hyalessa mahoni, but the newest name for this cicada is Oncotympana mahoni.


  1. The illustration and genus description comes from the journal Genera Insectorum, and a specific article from 1913 by W. L. Distant titled Homoptera. Fam. Cicadidae, Subfam, Cicadinae. Read it on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website.
  2. Current species name verified using Allen Sanborn’s Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).

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