Cercopis vulnerata, copyright Frank Vassen.

Belongs within: Clypeata.

The Cercopoidea, froghoppers, are a group of plant-sucking bugs with relatively soft-bodied nymphs that live concealed in masses of spittle or calcareous tubes. Nymphs of Cercopidae are often subterranean (Carver et al. 1991).

Characters (from Carver et al. 1991): Head variously shaped, sometimes narrowly produced anteriorly; antennae anterior to eyes; tentorium complete; paired ocelli, when present, always on the crown. Fore wing usually with short Sc; M usually basally incorporated in the same vein as CuA, never proximally associated with R; base of wing with ventral flange; hind wing with M unbranched. Mid coxae short, not widely separated. Hind coxae short, conical, laterally dilated; hind tibiae short, cylindrical, with one or two strong, lateral spines and flared apical pecten. Nymph bearing a ventral abdominal channel terminating anteriorly near openings of large mesothoracic spiracles.

    |--CercopionRJ93 [CercopionidaeGE05]
    |    `--C. reticulata Hamilton 1990RJ93
    |--ClastopteraBMW13 [ClastopteridaeGE05]
    |    |--C. obtusaE66
    |    `--C. proteusBMW13
    |    |  i. s.: Hindoloides appendiculataSS10
    |    |--Machaerota [Machaerotinae]CGW91
    |    |    `--M. finitimaCGW91
    |    `--EnderleiniinaeCGW91
    |         |--Chaetophyes compactaCGW91
    |         `--Pectinariophyes staliiCGW91
    |--Aphrophoridae [Aphrophorinae]GE05
    |    |--Perinoia speiseri Distant 1914D14
    |    |--Philagra parvaCGW91
    |    |--Bathylus albicinctusCGW91
    |    |--Anyllis leialaCGW91
    |    |--Neophilaenus lineatusRD77
    |    |--PhilaenusRD77
    |    |    |--P. leucophthalmusRD77
    |    |    |--P. lineatusE66
    |    |    `--P. spumariusBM76
    |    |--AphrophoraYS01
    |    |    |--A. alniH01
    |    |    |--A. parallelaBM76
    |    |    |--A. salicisH01
    |    |    `--A. spumariaRD77
    |    `--PtyelusRD77
    |         |--P. distinctus Lucas 1847E12
    |         |--P. goudotiRD77
    |         |--P. lineatusH01
    |         `--P. spumarius (see below for synonymy)H01
         |--Aufidus trifasciatusCGW91
         |--Lepyronia coleoptrataH01, BMW13
         |--Megastethodon urvilleiCGW91
         |--Euryaulax carnifexCGW91
         |--Petyllis deprivataCGW91
         |--Cephisus siccifoliusS38
         |    |--E. assimilisBM76
         |    `--E. carnifexC91
              |--C. discolor Boisduval 1835B35
              |--C. lapeyrousei Boisduval 1835B35
              |--C. sanguinolentaR26
              |--C. spumariaL02
              |--C. vulnerataRD77
              `--C. xanthorhina Boisduval 1835B35

Ptyelus spumarius [incl. P. spumarius var. apicalis, P. spumarius var. fasciatus, P. spumarius var. leucocephalus]H01

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[E66] Evans, H. E. 1966. The Comparative Ethology and Evolution of the Sand Wasps. Harvard University Press: Cambridge (Massachusetts).

[E12] Evenhuis, N. L. 2012. Publication and dating of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie: Histoire Naturelle des Animaux Articulés (1846–1849) by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas. Zootaxa 3448: 1–61.

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[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

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[YS01] Yoshizawa, K., & T. Saigusa. 2001. Phylogenetic analysis of paraneopteran orders (Insecta: Neoptera) based on forewing base structure with comments on monophyly of Auchenorrhycha (Hemiptera). Systematic Entomology 26: 1–13.

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