Saturday, 20 June 2015

Creature 263: Cladonota

Bizarre body shape

Like Bocydium globulare, Cladonota is a genus of membracid (tree hopper), and it is nearly looks as Bizarre.

They have a generally bresent shaped body, but there is a lot of variation on the theme within the genus. I really wish I could explain the purpose of this Bizarre body, but I can't. I don't think anyone can. I had a quick look at the literature and there isn't much more than a physical description. One would have to assume that there has been some pretty strong selection pressure at some point. There are a lot of Bizarre looking Membracids, and believe me this is not the last you will see if them if you continue following my blog.

Cladonota are found in the American tropics.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Membracidae
Genus: Cladonota
Species: Cladonota benitez

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