WHY THE TAXON HOMOPTERA DOES NOT EXIST

P.J. Gullan

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WHY THE TAXON HOMOPTERA DOES NOT EXIST

Many researchers still use the name Homoptera for the higher taxon of any member of the Sternorrhyncha (Aleyrodoidea, Aphidoidea, Coccoidea and Psylloidea) or Auchenorrhyncha (Cercopoidea, Cicadoidea, Cicadelloidea and Fulgoroidea), or to refer collectively to the Sternorrhyncha plus Auchenorrhyncha. Recent work based on morphological and molecular studies provide phylogenetic evidence that the Homoptera is paraphyletic and therefore its use should be abandoned.

Key words: honeydew, ant-attended, sap-sucking, carnivory.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15162/0425-1016/816

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