Nesophrosyne broussaisiai Bennett

Maui Kanawao Leafhopper (Nesophrosyne broussaisiai)

This new species, that was described in the year 2011, is restricted to the island of Maui, where the animals can be found on the leaves of the kanawao (Broussaisia arguta Gaudich.).

The Maui Kanawao Leafhopper can be assigned to a species group (kanawao species group), that is so far known only from the islands of Hawai’i and Maui, and that currently contains five species, which resemble each other in appearance, and which are adapted to kanawao as their only host plant.

The males are about 0,42 cm long, while the females are slightly larger.



[1] Gordon M. Bennett; Patrick M. O’Grady: Review of the native Hawaiian leafhopper genus Nesophrosyne (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) with descriptions of eight new species associated with Broussaisia arguta. Zootaxa 2805: 1-25. 2011


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