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New Planthopper Species Found in Southern Spain

Not much is known about the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which now includes six species after a new one was recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish city of Jaen. A description of it appears in the open-access Journal of Insect Science.

The new species, Conosimus baenai, has been named after Manuel Baena, a Spanish hemipterologist, for his contributions to the taxonomy of Iberian Hemiptera.

Conosimus baenai differs in appearance from the other species in the Conosimus genus due to the coloration of its forewings and veins. All of the other species have veins that are the same color as their wings, which are usually light brown or light-brown yellowish. However, Conosimus baenai has light yellow or greenish-yellow wings with radial and median veins that are framed by dark brown or black stripes.

Dorsal view of a Conosimus baenai female.

The new species was found in a medium-high mountain area that is dominated by thorny shrubs called Echinospartum boissieri, of which it seems to be associated. This rare shrub, which is endemic to the Baetic Range in southern Spain, blooms and produces fruit from July to August.

The other five species in the genus are C. coelatus, C. malfanus, C. violantis, C. noualhieri, and C. horvathi.

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A new species of the planthopper genus Conosimus associated with an endemic shrub in southern Spain

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