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Psammotettix lividellus (Zetterstedt 1840a: 290 )

Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
Diseases Transmitted

Distribution Map
(simplified continental distribution)
Geographical Distribution:
Asia, Europe, North America

Recorded Distribution(s):
It is widely distributed in Nearctic America, Europe, and Asia. In 1956 Beirne (58) recorded it from many localities from the Arctic tundra to southern Canada. Lindberg in 1935 (454) re¬ported it from many areas in northern Europe and Russia. (Nielson, 1968)

Psammotettix lividellus (Zetterstedt 1840a: 290 )
Diseases Transmitted Pathogen Type
Crops Affected by Psammotettix lividellus (Zetterstedt 1840a: 290 )
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 reported vector of little cherry virus in British Columbia. In 1960, Wilde (861) reported one ease of transmission of this virus from diseased cherry to healthy cherry in greenhouse tests. Results have not been confirmed.
(Nielson 1968)

This species is not considered an important vector of this virus. Further testing is necessary to confirm this species as a vector.
(Nielson 1968)

Identification Plates
Psammotettix lividellus

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Species Description

Small, linear species. Length of male 3.20—3.80 mm., female 3.60—4.00 mm.

General color tan. Crown tan with light-brown patches on disk; pronotum tan to light brown; elytra tan, veins yellow or ivory.
Pygofer in lateral aspect about 1% times as long as wide,.

Pygofer in lateral aspect about 1% times as long as wide, caudoventral margin produced posteriorly to narrow fingerlike lobe; aedeagus in lateral aspect simple, narrow, tubelike, slightly recurved; gonopore large, subapical on ventral surface of shaft; style in dorsal aspect with apices short, curved laterally, expanded apically; female seventh sternum in ventral aspect with caudal margin slightly bibbed medially.

Species Diagnosis

This species is similar to alienus in general habitus, but can be distinguished by the aedeagus with the shaft narrowed throughout. Further characterization of the genitalia was given by Beirne (1956).

(Nielson 1968)


Host Plant Activity Period (Months) Dormancy Generations
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Psammotettix lividellus (Zetterstedt 1840a: 290 )

Higher taxonomy

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Superfamily Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadamorpha
Membracoidea Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Deltocephalinae
Psammotettix lividellus (Zetterstedt 1840a: 290 )
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 - 12/09/2019