Mesophyll cell‐sucking herbivores (Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae) on rainforest trees in Papua New Guinea: local and regional diversity of a taxonomically unexplored guild

  title={Mesophyll cell‐sucking herbivores (Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae) on rainforest trees in Papua New Guinea: local and regional diversity of a taxonomically unexplored guild},
  author={Leontine Baje and Alan J. A. Stewart and Vojtěch Novotn{\'y}},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
Host specificity of a guild of sucking insects tapping leaf mesophyll cells (Auchenorrhyncha: Typhlocybinae) was surveyed for the first time in the tropics, on 65 woody species from a lowland rainforest in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Typhlocybinae species were host specific, feeding on 1–3 (median 1) plant species. Their assemblages did not functionally connect populations of different plant species, as an overwhelming majority (> 99%) of tree species pairs coexisting in the same forest did not… 
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