A New Genus and Species Representing the First Leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) from Eocene Rovno Amber

Christopher H. Dietrich, Evgeny E. Perkovsky

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Abstract

Rovnotettix brachypterus gen. et sp. nov. is described and illustrated from Eocene Rovno (Ukraine) amber and tentatively placed in subfamily Bathysmatophorinae, tribe Malmaemichungiini. The new fossil is the first cicadellid described from Rovno amber from the Volyn region and the second brachypterous leafhopper adult described from the fossil record. It does not appear to be closely related to Brevaphrodella Dietrich & Gonçalves from Eocene Baltic amber, indicating that multiple flightless cicadellid lineages, now mostly associated with dry habitats with patchy vegetation, had evolved in Europe by the Eocene.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-187
JournalPalaeoentomology
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • INHS

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