- This page contains pictures and information about Leafhoppers in subfamily Tartessinae
that we found in the Brisbane area,
leafhoppers in subfamily Tartessinae are usually wedge-shaped ranging from 2
to 12mm in body length. They have a distinctly heart-shaped pronotum. They
may be found on leaf on tree trunk on host plants, mostly are
- Those ants around them are for their excretion of 'honey-dew', which
is the excess sugar that the treehoppers do not need. The presence of ants discourage predators,
this becomes a kind of protection from the ants.
- Tribe Stenocotini
- The Leafhoppers in tribe Stenocotini are medium to large in size. They
include the world's largest leafhopper species. All of them associated with Eucalypt
trees. Most of them live and feed on smooth bark gumtree trunk. This tribe
Stenocotini was transferred from Ledrinae to the Tartessinae
by Jones, J.R. & Deitz, L.L. (2009).
- Tribe Thymbrini
- Leafhoppers in this tribe are medium in size. They are usually brown or
mottled brown in colours. This tribe Thymbrini was transferred from Ledrinae
to the Tartessinae by Jones, J.R. & Deitz, L.L. (2009).
- Tribe Tartessini
- Leafhoppers in this tribe are from small to medium in size.
- 1. Tartessinae
- Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage.
- 2. The
Tartessinae of Australia, New Guinea and some adjacent Islands (Homoptera:
Cicadellidae) - Evans, F. 1981- Pacific Insects.
- 3. Phylogeny and systematics of the leafhopper subfamily Ledrinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) - Jones, J.R. & Deitz, L.L. (2009), Zootaxa 2186: 1-120.
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