Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862 ),

Mejdalani, Gabriel, 2017, The Neotropical sharpshooter genus Ruppeliana Young (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadellidae): four new species, key to males, and new synonyms, Zootaxa 4329 (5), pp. 436-448: 446

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Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862 )


Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862) 

( Figures 28–35View FIGURES 28 – 35)

Tettigonia signiceps Stål, 1862: 39 

Female holotype from Rio de Janeiro ( NHRS) ( Fig. 28View FIGURES 28 – 35). Tettigonia coronulifera Stål, 1862: 39  , syn. nov. Male holotype from Rio de Janeiro ( NHRS) ( Fig. 29View FIGURES 28 – 35). Tettigonia taschenbergi Berg, 1899: 160  , syn. nov. Male holotype from Brazil ( MLUH) ( Fig. 30View FIGURES 28 – 35).

Taxonomic notes. Tettigonia signiceps  ( Fig. 28View FIGURES 28 – 35) and T. coronulifera  ( Fig. 29View FIGURES 28 – 35) were described by Stål (1862) on page 39 of his important work on the Hemiptera  from Rio de Janeiro (Southeastern Brazil), the first based on a female and the second on a male (as only one specimen was cited by Stål for each species, we believe that they are the holotypes). Taschenberg (1884: 442) described T. hieroglyphica  based on a male from Brazil; as this specific name was preoccupied (viz., T. hieroglyphica Say, 1830  ), Berg (1899: 160) proposed the replacement name taschenbergi  ( Fig. 30View FIGURES 28 – 35) (see Metcalf 1965 and McKamey 2007). Young (1977) provided illustrations of the female holotype of T. signiceps  (anterior dorsum), male holotype of T. coronulifera  (anterior dorsum and genitalia) and male holotype of T. taschenbergi  (anterior dorsum only, the abdomen was missing); he also designated T. signiceps  as the type species of Ruppeliana  . We believe that specimens previously associated with these three nomina ( signiceps  , coronulifera  , and taschenbergi  ) belong to a single species that has a somewhat variable color pattern ( Figs. 28–33View FIGURES 28 – 35). All females have a similar sternite VII ( Fig. 34View FIGURES 28 – 35, see also Young 1977: 748, fig. 609i) and males have the aedeagus as illustrated by Young (1977) for T. coronulifera  ( Fig. 35View FIGURES 28 – 35); sternite VII has a posteromedian lobe and the aedeagus has very elongate and slender atrial processes. In order to prevent further confusion, we believe that T. coronulifera  and T. taschenbergi  should be considered as synonyms of R. signiceps  .

Material examined. Southeastern Brazil. Espírito Santo State: one female, Santa Teresa ( MNRJ). Minas Gerais State: one male, Catas Altas, RPPN [Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural] Santuário do Caraça [ Fig. 33View FIGURES 28 – 35], S20°6’1.9’’, W43°29’28.6’’ ( MNRJ). Rio de Janeiro State: one male, Teresópolis [ Fig. 32View FIGURES 28 – 35], Vale da Revolta ( MNRJ); four females, Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado ( DZUP). Paraná State: two females, São José dos Pinhais ( DZUP); one male and one female, Marumbi, Morretes ( DZUP); one female, Morretes ( DZUP).


Swedish Museum of Natural History, Entomology Collections


Martin Luther Universitaet


Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro


Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure














Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862 )

Mejdalani, Gabriel 2017

Tettigonia signiceps Stål, 1862 : 39

Stal 1862: 39