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Cicadulina latens Fennah

Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
Diseases Transmitted

Distribution Map
(simplified continental distribution)
Geographical Distribution:

Recorded Distribution(s):
It is known only from Kenya, Africa. Fennah in 1960 (255) described the species from Kikuyu, Kenya, the only known locality of the species. (Nielson, 1968)

Cicadulina latens Fennah
Diseases Transmitted Pathogen Type
Crops Affected by Cicadulina latens Fennah
Rice Citrus Carrot
Barley Apple Tomato
Maize (Corn) Pear Potato
Sugarcane Elm Strawberry
Wheat Palms Rubus
Sorghum Grapevine Papaya
Other (grasses/cereals) Ornamentals Peach

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.
(Nielson 1968)

The importance of this species in the spread of this virus is uncertain.
(Nielson 1968)

Identification Plates
Cicadulina latens


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Species Description

Length:
Small, fragile species. Length of male 1.80 mm., female 2.00 mm.

Colour:
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.

Genitalia:
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).

Species Diagnosis

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 1968)

Ecology

Host Plant Activity Period (Months) Dormancy Generations
- -
Eggs -
Nymphs -
Adult -
One per year -
Continuous -
Variable -
Cicadulina latens Fennah

Higher taxonomy

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Superfamily Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadamorpha
Membracoidea Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Deltocephalinae
Cicadulina latens Fennah
References
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.
Record last updated - 25/09/2019