n African Entomology - Distribution and ecology of (Distant, 1917) (Hemiptera : Cicadomorpha : Cicadellidae)

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



(Cicadellidae, Coelidiinae) shows a multiregional distribution. The species previously reported from Mahe and Praslin in the Seychelles and Reunion Island, is now recorded from other Mascarene Islands (Mauritius and Flat Island) and the Seychelles (Cousine Island). A comparative study of male specimens originating from the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion showed no significant differences. In the Seychelles, the species is reported only on the exotic and invasive shrub L. (Chrysobalanaceae); in the Mascarene Islands this leafhopper is common on a native shrub, (Gaertn.) Roxb. (Goodeniaceae). In Reunion it is also associated with an endemic shrub, (Cav.) G. Don (Malvaceae), an endemic vine, Descoing (Vitaceae), and the native shrub, L. (Sapindaceae). In Reunion, only the tree, L. (Verbenaceae), is reported as an exotic host-plant. This association with dicotyledonous host-plants from diverse families shows that is a polyphagous species. The distribution of the species in Mascarenes is restricted to the coastal dry or semi-dry and hot areas.

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