Looking a little like mini-cicadas, these are small, greenish or brownish planthoppers typically less than 10mm long. The body is elongate and usually parallel-sided. The head possesses large compound eyes and very short antennae. Males and females may be remarkably different and in some species fully-winged and short-winged forms occur. The characteristic feature of this family is the triangular cross-section of the hind tibia which possess a long, articulated spur at the distal end (visible in the ventral photo in Fig 1). Over 1700 species occur worldwide.
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FIGURE 1 - Unidentified sp, Asunción, Departamento Central (Paul Smith March 2010).
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