Species Account

USNM.43998; Paratype; Male; 'San Jose Cal.'; carrots 225; Date: 8.16.30

USNM.43998; Paratype; Male; 'San Jose Cal.'; carrots 225; Date: 8.16.30

USNM; Female; 'Salinas Cal.'; Celery; Date: 8.16.30

USNM.43998; Paratype; Male; 'San Jose Cal.'; carrots 225; Date: 8.16.30
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Aceratagallia obscura Oman

Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
Diseases Transmitted

Distribution Map
(simplified continental distribution)
Geographical Distribution:
North America

Recorded Distribution(s):
It is restricted to the Western United States in the coastal States of California and Oregon (Oman 1933). (Nielson, 1968)

Aceratagallia obscura Oman
Diseases Transmitted Pathogen Type
Crops Affected by Aceratagallia obscura Oman
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 the New York strain of potato yellow dwarf virus. Black (81) was first to report this species as a vector of this virus in 1944. Transmission was accomplished from diseased crimson clover to healthy crimson clover plants. Details of the transmission tests were not given. Specimens used in the tests were sent to New Jersey from California. Although obscura transmitted potato yellow dwarf virus experimentally in New Jersey, it has not been incriminated as a vector of other viruses nor have other workers confirmed Black’s work.
(Nielson 1968)

This species is considered a potentially important vector of potato yellow dwarf virus in the Western United States.
(Nielson 1968)

Identification Plates
Aceratagallia obscura

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Species Description

Small, robust species. Length of male 3.25—3.50 mm., female 3.35—3.50 mm.

General color tan to brown. Vertex with two distinct dark spots; pronotum tan; elytra with brown markings on commissure and claval veins giving banded appearance to body.

Pygofer in lateral aspect about 1% times longer than wide, caudal margin strongly produced posteriorly at about middle to large broadly angled lobe; 10th segment with pair of long straight spines directed posteroventrad along inside of caudal submargin of pygofer; aedeagus in lateral aspect simple, basal third of shaft tubelike, slightly curved laterally and narrowed at apex; gonopore terminal; style in dorsal aspect with margins of distal third parallel, inner margin coarsely serrate, sharp spine on apex of outer margin, bluntly pointed spine on apex of inner margin, small subapical spine on ventral surface; female 7th sternum in ventral aspect with caudal margin deeply notched at middle with small notch on each side of middle.

Species Diagnosis

From eurvata, to which it is closely allied, obscura can be separated by the distal part of the style, of which the lateral margins are parallel.

(Nielson 1968)


Host Plant Activity Period (Months) Dormancy Generations
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Eggs -
Nymphs -
Adult -
One per year -
Continuous -
Variable -
Aceratagallia obscura Oman

Higher taxonomy

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Superfamily Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadamorpha
Membracoidea Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Agallinae
Aceratagallia obscura Oman
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