Budginmaya eulae gen. et sp. nov., a myrmecophilous planthopper (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Flatidae) from Western Australia.
Fletcher MJ and Moir ML (2009) Budginmaya eulae gen. et sp. nov., a myrmecophilous planthopper (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Flatidae) from Western Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology 48(1): 36-39.
Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-6055.2008.00681.x
A study of millipedes in SW Western Australia found a small number of planthoppers living in an ant's nest under a rock on Bandalup Hill. The ants herded most of the planthoppers deeper into the nest out of reach of the collector, M.L. Moir, who managed to capture two adults and five nymphs. Despite considerable searching in the local area, no further specimens were found and the species, which represents a new genus and species of the planthopper family Flatidae, is still only known from under one rock on Bandalup Hill. As a consequence it has been listed in Western Australia with Priority One Conservation Status (see http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/conservationtaxa) which means species which are known from very few localities which are under threat. The record of the species living in an ant's nest is the first for Australia for a planthopper and the first in the world for a member of the family Flatidae.
Images of Budginmaya eulae are available at: http://www1.dpi.nsw.gov.au/keys/fulgor/species/beulae.htm
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