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Cicadulina storeyi China 1936a: 251

Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
Diseases Transmitted

Distribution Map
(simplified continental distribution)
Geographical Distribution:

Recorded Distribution(s):
Originally it was collected from Tanzania (Tan¬ganyika), Africa. It has been reported from Nigeria (Golding 1946) [320]. It is the most abundant species in the high veld areas of Rhodesia, according to Rose (personal communication). (Nielson, 1968)

Cicadulina storeyi China 1936a: 251
Diseases Transmitted Pathogen Type
Crops Affected by Cicadulina storeyi China 1936a: 251
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 and maize mottle virus in Tanzania and Rhodesia. Storey in 1936 and 1937 (773, 774) was first to report this species as a vector of maize streak virus under the name of “Cicadulina, nicholsi” and maize mottle virus under the name “Cicadulina storeyi.” No details of the transmission experiments were given.
(Nielson 1968)

This species is considered an important vector of this virus in Rhodesia.

(Nielson 1968)

Identification Plates
Cicadulina storeyi

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Species Description

Small, fragile species. Length of male 2.40 mm., female 2.90 mm.

General color yellow. Crown yellow with two distinct black spots on anterior margin; pronotum yellow, immaculate; elytra translucent, veins yellow.

Pygofer in lateral aspect about as long as wide, caudal margin truncate; pygofer spine arising from caudodorsal margin and projecting ventrad, apex of spine bifurcate; aedeagus in lateral aspect curved, tubelike throughout, with pair of small processes on lateral margin near midlength of shaft, shaft bifid distally; gonopore terminal; style in dorsal aspect simple, apices short with large lateral tooth; female seventh sternum in ventral aspect with caudal margin distinctly sinuate (fig. 64).

Species Diagnosis

This species, similar to latens in genital characteristics, can be separated by the lack of markings on the pronotum and elytra.
(Nielson 1968)


Host Plant Activity Period (Months) Dormancy Generations
- -
Eggs -
Nymphs -
Adult -
One per year -
Continuous -
Variable -
Cicadulina storeyi China 1936a: 251

Higher taxonomy

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Superfamily Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadamorpha
Membracoidea Cicadellidae
Subfamily: Deltocephalinae
Cicadulina storeyi China 1936a: 251
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