Pintalia sp.

Cixiid Planthopper

Pintalia sp., Cixiidae, photo from Brazil


Family: Cixiidae

Subfamily: Cixiinae

Length: hopper in photo 5.5 mm to wing apex


Both Pintalia and Cixius species have three carinae on the mesonotum, while Olarius and its kin have five.  In Pintalia the front of the head is quadrate, while in most species of Cixius it is rounded.

Another difference is that in Pintalia the wings are held more vertically, almost paralell to each other, while in Cixius the wings are held less steeply.

Photo location: Amazonas state, Brazil.

Determined by Dr. Charles Bartlett, University of Delaware.

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