oa African Zoology - Systematic status of Platypleura stridula L. and Platypleura capensis L. (Homoptera, Cicadidae)

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Although synonymized for many decades, the Linnaean species Platypleura striduls and P. capensis are biologically distinct, differing in their host plant and habitat preferences, geographical distribution and calling songs. There are also morphological differences between the two taxa which parallel the differences in their biology. P. capensis should therefore be accorded specific rank.

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