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Cicadulina parazeae Ghauri 1961a: 369

Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
Diseases Transmitted

Distribution Map
(simplified continental distribution)
Geographical Distribution:

Recorded Distribution(s):
It is known only from Southern Rhodesia, Africa. Ghauri in 1961 (307) recorded it from Southern Rhodesia, and D. J. W. Rose (personal communication) from Salisbury, Rho¬desia, said it was present in the high veld areas in Rhodesia. (Nielson, 1968)

Cicadulina parazeae Ghauri 1961a: 369
Diseases Transmitted Pathogen Type
Crops Affected by Cicadulina parazeae Ghauri 1961a: 369
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 Rhodesia. Ghauri in 1961 (307) reported it as a vector in his description of the species after receiving the specimens and information from D. J. W. Rose. In my correspondence with Dr. Rose, he stated that transmission of the virus was obtained from diseased plants to healthy maize and wheat. No details of the virus transmission experiments were given.
(Nielson 1968)

This species is considered of some importance in the natural spread of this virus in Rhodesia.

(Nielson 1968)

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Cicadulina parazeae

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Species Description

Small, fragile species. Length of male 1.80—2.00 mm., female 1.90—2.40 mm.

General color light tan. Crown light tan with two distinct round black spots on anterior margin near mesal margin of eye; pronotum light reddish tan; elytra light reddish tan, translucent.

Pygofer in lateral aspect about as long as wide, caudodorsal margin with long spine projecting posteroventrad, apex of spine asymmetrically bifurcate; aedeagus in lateral aspect simple, tube-like, slightly curved, somewhat broader apically than medially, ventral surface of shaft with pair of short spines arising basally, apex of shaft bifid; gonopore terminal; style in dorsal aspect with apex foot shaped; female seventh sternum in ventral aspect with short median projection on caudal margin (fig. 62).

Species Diagnosis

This species, closely related to zeae, can be separated by the short pygofer process with a dorsal spine.
(Nielson 1968)


Host Plant Activity Period (Months) Dormancy Generations
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Eggs -
Nymphs -
Adult -
One per year -
Continuous -
Variable -
Cicadulina parazeae Ghauri 1961a: 369

Higher taxonomy

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Superfamily Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadamorpha
Membracoidea Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Deltocephalinae
Cicadulina parazeae Ghauri 1961a: 369
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