The Hawaiian cave planthoppers (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea: Cixiidae) - a model for rapid subterranean speciation?

  title={The Hawaiian cave planthoppers (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea: Cixiidae) - a model for rapid subterranean speciation?},
  author={Hannelore Hoch},
  journal={International Journal of Speleology},
  • H. Hoch
  • Published 1997
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Speleology
After the successful colonization of a single ancestral species in the Hawaiian Islands, planthoppers of the cixiid genus Oliarus underwent intensive adaptive radiation resulting in 80 described endemic species. Oliams habitats range from montaneous rain forests to dry coastal biotopes and subterranean environments. At least 7 independant evolutionary lines represented by different species have adapted to lava tubes on Molokai (I), Maui (3), and Hawaii Island (3). Behavioral and morphological… Expand
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