Clarification of the identity of the tea green leafhopper based on morphological comparison between Chinese and Japanese specimens

Daozheng Qin, Li Zhang, Qiang Xiao, Christopher Dietrich, Masaya Matsumura, Chao Dong Zhu

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Tea green leafhopper is one of the most dominant pests in major tea production regions of East Asia. This species has been variously identified as Empoasca vitis (Goëthe), Jacobiasca formosana (Paoli) and Empoasca onukii Matsuda in Mainland China, Taiwan and Japan, respectively. Recent study of DNA sequence data suggested that treatment of this pest as different species in these three adjacent regions is incorrect and that they were a single species; but the correct scientific name for the species has remained unclear. Consistent with the prior molecular evidence, morphological study shows that the male genital characters of Chinese specimens are the same as those of specimens from Japan, so the correct scientific name of tea green leafhopper in China is Empoasca (Matsumurasca) onukii Matsuda.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere139202
JournalPloS one
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 30 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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