Thamnotettix (Loepotettix) dilutior (Kirschbaum 1868b: 92 )Membracoidea : Cicadellidae
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|Crops Affected by Thamnotettix (Loepotettix) dilutior (Kirschbaum 1868b: 92 )|
This species is a vector of a strain of stolbur virus of clover in England. Posnette and Ellenberger (623) reported this species in 1963 as naturally infective with stolbur or another virus that was transmitted to clover. The relationship and identity of the virus are uncertain, but it appears to be closely related to typical stolbur.
The importance of this species as a vector is not known, but it is considered as having potential importance in the spread of certain strains of stolbur virus.
Medium size, rather robust species. male 5.90—6.00 mm., female 6.20—6.40 mm.
General color tan. Crown and pronotum tan, immaculate; elytra tan, veins ivory.
Pygofer in lateral aspect about 13/4 times as long as wide, caudoventral margin produced posteriorly to broad truncate lobe; aedeagus in lateral aspect broad basally, tubelike, and curved laterally at apical three-fourths, shaft with pair of needlelike processes arising from near middle and appressed to each lateral side of shaft in ventral aspect; gonopore medial on ventral surface of shaft; style in dorsal aspect simple, attenuated apically; female seventh sternum in ventral aspect with caudal margin strongly sinuate.
This is the only species in the genus
that is a vector.
|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.|