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April 24, 2016

Platypedia rufipes Davis, 1920

Filed under: Platypedia | Platypediini | United States | William T. Davis — Tags: — Dan @ 4:14 am

Platypedia rufipes Davis, 1920

Name, Location and Description

From W.T. Davis’ key to Platypedia1

A. Fore wings more than twice as long as broad.

B. Large, expanding 40 millimeters or over; uncus when viewed from above long and narrow.

C. Head narrow across eyes with front strongly produced.

DD. Uncus viewed in profile slightly arched above, sinuate beneath, extremity not flattened as in mohavensis.

Body blue-black, particularly the head and thorax; fore femora chestnut-colored above, paler at extremities; membranes at the base of fore wings bright orange. Expends about 40 millimeters. Occurs in California.

Classification:

Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadettinae
Tribe: Platypediini
Subtribe: ?
Genera: Platypedia
Species: Platypedia rufipes Davis, 1920

List of sources

  1. Davis, W.T. North American Cicadas Belonging to the Genera Platypedia and Melampsalta. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. V28. Pp 95-135. 1920. Link.
  2. Full Binomial Names: ITIS.gov
  3. Common names: BugGuide.net; The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Herschberger; personal memory.
  4. Locations: Biogeography of the Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of North America, North of Mexico by Allen F. Sanborn and Polly K. Phillips.
  5. Descriptions, Colors: personal observations from specimens or photos from many sources. Descriptions are not perfect, but may be helpful.
  6. Tribe information comes from: MARSHALL, DAVID C. et al. A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification. Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 4424, n. 1, p. 1–64, may 2018. ISSN 1175-5334. Available at: https://www.biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4424.1.1

Notes:

  • Some descriptions are based on aged specimens which have lost some or a lot of their color.

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