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Draeculacephala robinsoni Hamilton, 1967 (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae), a newly introduced species and genus in Europe with comments on its identification

iES Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany
Institució Catalana d’Història Natural (ICHN), Barcelona, Spain.
Institució Catalana d’Història Natural (ICHN), Barcelona, Spain. Entomology Department, Servicios Depec, Barcelona, Spain
USDA-APHIS-PPQ, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC, USA 20013-7012.
Department of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff CF10 3NP, UK
Hemiptera Draeculacephala robinsoni Hamilton Cicadellinae Cicadellini first record alien species Southern Europe France Spain


For the first time in the Palaearctic Region, the New World leafhopper genus Draeculacephala Ball (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae) has been recorded in France (Pyrenées-Orientales) and Spain (Catalonia). The species present in both countries is Draeculacephala robinsoni Hamilton 1967, among the most common and widespread species of the genus Draeculacephala in eastern North America. Comments on the identification of this species are presented. The species already seems to be firmly established in the region since it has been found in 11 different sites with a maximum distance of 86 km between them. Since the genus has been reported to be a vector of plant pathogens including Xylella fastidiosa its further spread in Europe should be closely monitored.



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