Genus Phrictopyga Caldwell, 1951
Distribution: Widespread in the Neotropics.
Type species: Kelisia contorta Muir, 1926
10 currently recognized species as follows:
Phrictopyga contorta (Muir, 1926) - Jamaica, Brazil, Puerto Rico
Phrictopyga curvistilus (Muir, 1926) - Brazil
Phrictopyga escadensis (Muir, 1926) - Brazil
Phrictopyga fuscovittata (Muir, 1926) - Brazil
Phrictopyga graminicola (Muir, 1926) - Brazil
Phrictopyga holmgreni (Muir, 1930) - Bolivia, Argentina
Phrictopyga nugax Fennah, 1959 - Trinidad (St. Augustine)
Phrictopyga occidentalis (Muir, 1926) - USA: Texas; Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico
Phrictopyga semele Fennah, 1959 - Trinidad (St. Augustine)
Phrictopyga urbana (Muir, 1926) - Brazil
There are also a number of undescribed species.
Economic Importance: Limited. Members of this genus are commonly observed at lights.
Recorded hosts: Apparently none.
Members of this genus are pale, very slightly flattened and usually with a pale stripe on the thorax. The wings often have some coloring apically at the tips of the peripheral veins. They resemble Pygosopina in many respects, but the genitalia are have a pair of closely approximated processes midventrally on the pygofer opening.
At this time, Genbank and Bold do not have any molecular data for this genus. Urban et al. (2010) sequenced 4 genetic loci (18S rDNA, 28S rDNA, wingless, and cytochrome oxidase I) for a Phrictopyga sp. in their analyses.
Caldwell, J.S. and L.F. Martorell. 1951 [dated1950]. Review of the Auchenorynchous [sic] Homoptera of Puerto Rico. Part II. The Fulgoroidea except Kinnaridae. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico 34(2): 133-269.
Fennah, R.G. 1959. Delphacidae from the Lesser Antilles (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 8: 245-265
Muir, F.A.G. 1926b. Contributions to our knowledge of South American Fulgoroidea (Homoptera). Part I. The Family Delphacidae. Experiment Station of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association, Entomological Series, Bulletin 18:1-51, plates 1-5.
de Remes-Lenivov, A.M.M., M. Olmi and E.G. Virla. 2009. Phrictopyga holmgreni (Muir): New Record for Argentina and Description of a New Parasitoid, Gonatopus concinnus (Herniptera: Delphacidae and Hymenoptera: Dryinidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 82(2): 174-182.
Wilson, S.W. 1981. The first record of Phrictopyga occidentalis in the United States (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea: Delphacidae). Great Lakes Entomologist 14(3): 131.