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.


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



[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


Photo: Auckland War Memorial Museum

(under creative commons license (4.0))


edited: 18.12.2018

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