Derbid Planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Derbidae) Associated with Coconut and Oil Palm in Brazil

Neotrop Entomol. 2020 Oct;49(5):722-738. doi: 10.1007/s13744-020-00788-5. Epub 2020 Jul 27.


We present surveys of derbid planthoppers associated with coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) and oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) collected in Northeastern (Sergipe) and North (Pará and Roraima) Brazil. The surveys were intended to contribute to our knowledge of possible vectors of phytoplasmas or other phloem-restricted plant pathogens. Eight derbid taxa were found, two in the subfamily Cedusinae, tribe Cedusini (Cedusa yipara Kramer and C. yowza Kramer) and six in the subfamily Derbinae, tribe Cenchreini: Herpis sp., Persis pugnax Stål, Omolicna anastomosa (Caldwell), O. nigripennis (Caldwell), and two new species in the genus Agoo Bahder & Bartlett are described here. Genus-level features between Omolicna and Agoo are discussed and a key to the species of Agoo is provided.

Keywords: Auchenorrhyncha; Cenchreini; Fulgoromorpha; lethal yellowing type syndromes; phytoplasmas; vectors.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arecaceae*
  • Brazil
  • Cocos*
  • Female
  • Hemiptera / anatomy & histology*
  • Hemiptera / classification*
  • Insect Vectors / anatomy & histology
  • Insect Vectors / classification
  • Male
  • Phytoplasma