Cicadulina latens FennahMembracoidea : Cicadellidae
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|Crops Affected by Cicadulina latens Fennah|
This species is a vector of maize streak virus in Kenya, Africa. It was first reported as a vector of this virus by Fennah in 1960 (255) and there are no records confirming transmission.
The importance of this species in the spread of this virus is uncertain.
Small, fragile species. Length of male 1.80 mm., female 2.00 mm.
General color light orange. Crown orange with two distinct black round spots on anterior margin; pronotum orange; elytra with diffused white band along each side of commissure and a broad diffused light-brown band medially along entire length of elytra, coastal vein light orange or ivory.
Pygofer in lateral aspect about as long as wide, caudoventral margin produced slightly posteriorly to broad convex lobe, caudodorsal margin with long spine, bifid apically; aedeagus in lateral aspect simple, curved, tubelike, with distinct spine on each side of lateral margin in ventral aspect; shaft bifid apically; gonopore terminal; style in dorsal aspect with apex broadly foot shaped; female seventh sternum in ventral aspect with median process on caudal margin (fig. 63).
From mbila, to which it is similar in male genital characteristics, latens can be distinguished by the pygofer processes, which are shallowly bifurcate apically.
|Nielson, M. W. 1968b. The leafhopper vectors of phytopathogenic viruses (Homoptera, Cicadellidae). Taxonomy, biology and virus transmission. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin . 1382 386 pp.|