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There are six psyllid families (Calophyidae, Carsidaridae, Homotomidae, Phacopteronidae, Psyllidae, Triozidae). Each family has a number of signature morphological characters. [This page is under construction, below are some general psyllid adult and nymphal illustrations and character descriptions].
Morphological terminology follows Brown & Hodkinson 1988, Hodkinson & White 1979, Ossiannilsson 1992, Percy 2003, White & Hodkinson 1982, 1985. Detailed description of the psyllid thorax can be found in Ouvrard et al. 2002.
There are five nymphal stages. Nymphs have very different morphologies to adults. They are wingless but have both forewing and hindwing pads. Structure and setal characters can be used for identification.
Brown RG, Hodkinson ID. 1988. Taxonomy and ecology of the jumping plant-lice of Panama (Homoptera: Psylloidea). Entomonograph 9: 1-304.
Hodkinson ID, White IM. 1979. Homoptera: Psylloidea. Handbook for the Identification of British Insects 2(5a): 1-98.
Ossiannilsson F. 1992. The Psylloidea (Homoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 29: 1-346.
Ouvrard D, Bourgoin, Campbell, BC. 2002. Comparative morphological assessment of the psyllid pleuron (Insects, Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha). Journal of Morphology 252: 276-290.
Percy, DM. 2003. Legume-feeding psyllids (Hemiptera, Psylloidea) of the Canary Islands and Madeira. Journal of Natural History 37: 397-461.
White IM, Hodkinson ID. 1985. Nymphal taxonomy and systematics of the Psylloidea (Homoptera). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology) 50: 153-301.
White IM, Hodkinson ID. 1982. Psylloidea (Nymphal Stages). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 2(5b): 1-50.
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