Molecular differentiation of four Reptalus species (Hemiptera: Cixiidae).

  title={Molecular differentiation of four Reptalus species (Hemiptera: Cixiidae).},
  author={Sabrina Bertin and Luca Picciau and Zolt{\'a}n {\'A}cs and Alberto Alma and D Bosco},
  journal={Bulletin of entomological research},
  volume={100 5},
The cixiid species Reptalus quinquecostatus, R. cuspidatus, R. panzeri and R. melanochaetus are widely distributed in Europe and are receiving growing attention because of their potential role as phytoplasma vectors. Identifying the Reptalus species is restricted to a few specialist entomologists and relies on the morphology of the male genitalia, hampering the identification of juveniles and females. This study provides the tools for species discrimination by integrating the morphological… CONTINUE READING

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