Welcome to Cicadellidae of the Pacific
The Cicadellidae is the largest family of the Auchenorrhyncha, totalling over 20,000 species spread throughout both temperate and tropical areas of the world. Whilst the fauna of the north temperate regions is well documented, that of the tropics and southern continents is still largely unknown. The mission of the present website is to provide a comprehensive account of the available taxonomic data relating to leafhoppers of the Pacific area. It is based on the annotated systematic check-list of all known species compiled by William J. Knight, former head of the Hemiptera section at the Entomology Department of The Natural History Museum (London, UK). It is expected it will serve as a basis for future studies.
The area concerned covers the Pacific continental and oceanic islands of Malaysia (including W. Malaysia), Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuata, New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and the various Pacific Trust Territories of Polynesia. The area, referred to in the present work as the S. E. Asia Pacific area, conforms approximately with the eastern Oriental and Australian regions of Gressitt (1961) with the exception of the Hawaiian and Indo-Chinese subdivisions and the northern part of the Malayan subdivision. It extends to approximately latitude 20 degrees north and excludes the whole of continental Asia except for W. Malaysia.