Meenoplidae (Fulgoromorpha) of continental Africa: an overview

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Meenoplidae is a small and scarcely encountered family of old world planthoppers. Over one hundred species have been described worldwide, with at least 50 described species in 5 genera from continental Africa. Adult Meenoplids are small insects which generally hold their wings vertically over their bodies and with one or both of the claval veins heavily granulated.

Anigrus (photo by Felix Riegel CC-BY-NC).


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Thanks so much for this journal article,

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I love the labelling of wing characters, this is very useful!

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I will try to make more labeled diagrams for other groups as well, knowing which veins are which is very useful and sometimes trying to understand a description without a visual aid can be rough

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