Prisciba, n. gen., and two new species of fossil froghoppers (Hemiptera: Cercopoidea: Clastopteridae) in Dominican amber.

Poinar Jr, G.O., Hamilton, K.G.A., and Brown, A.E. (2014). "Prisciba, n. gen., and two new species of fossil froghoppers (Hemiptera: Cercopoidea: Clastopteridae) in Dominican amber.", Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology, 26(1), pp. 1-5. doi : 10.1080/08912963.2012.751102  Access to full text

Abstract

A new genus, Prisciba, n. gen., and two new species, Prisciba serrata and Prisciba dominicana n. gen., n. sp. (Hemiptera: Cercopoidea: Clastopteridae), are the first froghoppers described from Dominican amber. Diagnostic characters for Prisciba include a distinctly dorsoventrally compressed head bearing a transverse carina in front of the ocelli, a transversely striate pronotum, scutellum longer than wide, forewing bulla positioned on the first anteapical cell and forewing appendix narrow, with a single fold near the apex of the clavus. The genus is postulated to be older than the common ancestor of Clastoptera Germar and Iba Schmidt, the only two extant genera of Clastopterini, and to have survived to the Tertiary only on islands where competition with Clastoptera was low.

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