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Holzinger, W.E., Kammerlander, I., Nickel, H. (2003): The Auchenorrhyncha of Central Europe - Die Zikaden Mitteleuropas. Volume 1: Fulgoromorpha, Cicadomorpha excl. Cicadellidae. (bilingual English / German)

[published May 22nd at Brill Publishers, Leiden. 673 pp. 1566 drawings, 46 colour plates with altogether 738 photographs, 211 maps.]
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Volume I of this richly illustrated bilingual handbook The Auchenorrhyncha of Central Europe / Die Zikaden Mitteleuropas is the first identification book in this field for decades. The last keys (Melichar 1896, Haupt 1935) were compiled before major advances in genital morphology, and thus, researchers were forced to use keys of northern Europe, France, Czechia and even Ukraine. None of these, however, covered the full range of species found in central Europe.

The complete work is to be published in 3 volumes and will then comprise about 2200 pages, 5000 figures, 160 colour plates with altogether 2400 photographs and 800 maps.

The economic importance of these insects has been known for years, since many species transmit plant viruses or directly damage crops and ornamental plants. Their ecological significance, however, has long been underestimated. They occur in enormous densites in almost all terrestrial ecosystems and are an important component of many food webs.

For the first time, this new book treats all species known from 19 European countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Poland, Belorus, Switzerland, Austria and Czechia). It also covers adjacent regions of further 7 countries (northern parts of France, Italy, Slovenia, western parts of Hungary and Slovakia, north-western parts of Ukraine and Russia). Simple keys allow an easy identification at species level. Volume I covers about 250 species of Fulgoromorpha (planthoppers), Cicadoidea (cicadas), Cercopoidea (spittlebugs) and Membracidae (treehoppers). Relevant diagnostic features of each species are illustrated. For the first time, distribution maps and colour photographs are provided, if necessary of both sexes and different morphs. Informations on taxonomy, phenology, habitat requirements, host plants and economic importance are given in detail.

The Auchenorrhyncha of Central Europe will be a standard work of reference for many years, not only for entomologists, but also for researchers of ecology, phytopathology, applied zoology and conservation.

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xiii
Im memoriam Frej Ossiannilsson 1
History of Auchenorrhyncha research in Central Europe 5
 Biographic and bibliographic literature 27
What are planthoppers, leafhoppers and allies? 31
Diagnostic characters 35
Contents of species chapters, abbreviations 47
Sampling and collecting 53
 General remarks 53
 Quantitative methods 53
 Semi-quantitative methods 55
 Qualitative methods 56
Preparation, determination and conservation                               61
Auchenorrhyncha Duméril, 1806 65
Fulgoromorpha Evans, 1946 68
 Fam. Cixiidae Spinola, 1839 69
  Subfam. Cixiinae Spinola, 1839 71
   Tribus Oecleini Muir, 1922 71
   Tribus Cixiini Spinola, 1839 73
   Tribus Pentastirini Emeljanov, 1971 109
 Fam. Delphacidae Leach, 1865 131
  Subfam. Asiracinae Motschulsky, 1863 152
  Subfam. Kelisiinae Wagner, 1963 153
  Subfam. Stenocraninae Wagner, 1963 194
  Subfam. Delphacinae Wagner, 1963 199
   Tribus Tropidocephalini Muir, 1915 199
   Tribus Delphacini Leach, 1815 202
 Fam. Achilidae Stål, 1866 405
 Fam. Dictyopharidae Spinola, 1839 415
 Fam. Tettigometridae Germar, 1821 421
 Fam. Caliscelidae Amyot & Serville, 1834 433
   Tribus Caliscelini Fieber, 1875 434
   Tribus Ommatidiotini Fieber, 1875 437
 Fam. Issidae Spinola, 1839 445
   Tribus Issini Spinola, 1839 446
   Tribus Hysteropterini Melichar, 1906 461
 Fam. Flatidae Spinola, 1839 469
 Fam. Tropiduchidae Stål, 1866 473
Cicadomorpha Evans, 1946 475
Cicadoidea Westwood, 1851 475
 Fam. Cicadidae Latreille, 1802 475
  Subfam. Cicadinae Latreille, 1802 477
  Subfam. Tibicininae Distant, 1905 480
Cercopoidea Evans, 1946 486
 Fam. Cercopidae Leach, 1815 487
 Fam. Aphrophoridae Amyot & Serville, 1843 491
Membracoidea Rafinesque, 1815 523
 Fam. Membracidae Rafinesque, 1815 523
  Subfam. Centrotinae Amyot & Serville, 1843 525
  Subfam. Smiliinae Stål, 1869 529
Colour plates 531
Index of German names 627
Nomenclatural changes 639
References 643
Index to genera and species 665


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