Atylana rarotongae Eyles & Linnavuori

Rarotonga Plant Hopper (Atylana rarotongae)

This species, described in the year 1974, is endemic to Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands.

It is a small, brownish coloured, chubby creature, about 0,5 cm long, its forewings are translucent and show two darker brown, curved bands, which, however, can sometimes be absent.

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There are perhaps additional species on the other islands of the Cook Archipelago still awaiting their discovery.

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References:

[1] A. C. Eyles; R. Linnavuori: Cicadellidae and Issidae (Homoptera) of Niue Island, and material from the Cook Islands. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 1(1): 29-44. 1974

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Photo: Auckland War Memorial Museum

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edited: 18.12.2018

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