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Leafhoppers and treehoppers

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taxon links [up-->]Cicadellidae [up-->]Membracidae [down<--]Auchenorrhyncha Interpreting the tree
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Tree from Dietrich and Deitz (1993)
Containing group: Auchenorrhyncha

Other Names for Membracoidea

Information on the Internet

For more information on leafhoppers and treehoppers, please refer to these two pages maintained by C. H. Dietrich, Center for Biodiversity, Illinois Natural History Survey:
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Scientific Name Graphocephala coccinea
Location Oklahoma
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Thomas Shahan
Source Colorful Red-Banded Leaf Hopper (Graphocephala coccinea)
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License - Version 3.0.
Copyright © 2005 OpoTerser
Scientific Name Cuerna lateralis
Location Alabama, United States
Acknowledgements Courtesy InsectImages.org (#1366064)
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Life Cycle Stage adult
Source Collection Bugwood Network/Forestry Images
Copyright © Susan Ellis
Scientific Name Stictocephala bisonia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Life Cycle Stage Adult
Size 8mm
Copyright © 2001-2005 Benoit Martha
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Tree of Life Web Project. 1995. Membracoidea. Leafhoppers and treehoppers. Version 01 January 1995 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Membracoidea/10830/1995.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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