Illustrated key to the economically important leafhoppers of Australia (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae)
Orange Agricultural Institute
First published: 20 October 1998
Last update: 22 June 2000
The leafhopper species included in this interactive key (see list) are those of most significance to agricultural activity in Australia. Many other species occur in Australia and, although not directly affecting agriculture itself, may easily be confused with those included here. Care therefore needs to be taken in relying on use of this key for identification of economically important leafhoppers. Confirmation of identifications, requiring dissection of the genitalia of male specimens, needs to be carried out by a specialist cicadellid taxonomist. Specimens from Australia may be sent to the author:
Dr M.J. Fletcher,
Orange Agricultural Institute,
Orange NSW 2800.
A charge to cover the cost of the identification may apply.
This key has been developed within the Agricultural
Scientific Collections Unit (ASCU) of Orange
Agricultural Institute by Murray
J. Fletcher. In addition to support from NSW Department of Primary Industries, research work on the Australian
Leafhopper fauna (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) has been supported by the Australian
Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
and the Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust (ASCT).
Most of the photographs were taken by Miss Linda Semeraro (ABRS-funded)
and many of the specimens photographed live were collected by Mr Brad McNeil
(ASCU). Technical support for development of the key was provided by Mr
Peter Gillespie and Mr Brad McNeil (both ASCU).
This key may be cited as:
Fletcher, M.J. (1998) Illustrated key to the economically important leafhoppers of Australia (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). http://www1.dpi.nsw.gov.au/keys/cicadell/index.html
No updates beyond 22 June 2000 have been incorporated into this key since it was superceded by Fletcher (2000) and its updates.