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October 29, 2018

Cryptotympana holsti

There are two subspecies of Cryptotympana holsti: Cryptotympana holsti holsti Distant, 1904 and Cryptotympana holsti takahashii Kato, 1925. Cryptotympana holsti is found in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and perhaps elsewhere in southwestern Asia.

Scientific classification:
Family: Cicadidae
Subfamily: Cicadinae
Tribe: Cryptotympanini
SubTribe: Cryptotympanina
Genus: Cryptotympana
Species: Cryptotympana holsti
Subspecies: Cryptotympana holsti holsti Distant, 1904
Subspecies: Cryptotympana holsti takahashii Kato, 1925

Not sure which subspecies this is, but I’m guessing Cryptotympana holsti holsti Distant, 1904:
Cryptotympana holsti

Cryptotympana genus description by W. L. Distant:

Characters. — Head broad, more or less transversely truncate between the eyes, including which it is a little broader than the base of mesonotum, its length only slightly more than half the breadth between eyes, ocelli about twice the distance from eyes as from each other, front slightly prominent; pronotum about as long as mesonotum, its lateral margins oblique, the posterior angles a little ampliate; abdomen in male about as long as space between apex of head and base of cruciform elevation, the tympanal orifices concealed by the tympanal coverings; opercula in male well developed, varying in shape and size; metasternum elevated at middle and furnished with a posterior process directed backward; anterior femora strongly spined beneath; tegmina hyaline or semi-opaque, basal cell longer than broad; apical areas eight.


  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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