Saturday, 15 January 2011

Announcing a Name Change of a Planthopper

When I last blogged about this planthopper, it was known as Centromeria viridistigma.

Not anymore.

According to a recent revision done by Dr. Zhi-Shun Song and Al-Ping Liang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it now goes as Truncatomeria viridistigma. The new genus is endemic to Sri Lanka and is a monotypic one, which means there is only a single species that belong to it, which is T. viridistigma.

This revision appeared in Zootaxa 2740 in 2011 (in pages 24-34), under the title, "Two new genera and two new species of Oriental dictyopharid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Dictyopharidae) from Sri Lanka and southern India." Here's a preview of this paper.

The above photograph is published in it with due credit to yours truly.

According to this paper, the new genus name is a combination of latin “truncat” plus the suffix “meria”, which means the head is more or less truncate at apex.

I photographed this planthopper in December, 2008 at the Sinharaja rain forest while guiding Dr. Richard Bishop and his wife Anne Bishop from Kenya. Its identity was narrowed down with a question mark as Centromeria viridistigma with the help of Dr. Priyantha Wijesinghe and Jerome Constant of the Department of Entomology, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, an expert on Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha. This helped Dr. Song to find my image in the web. He then sought my permission to use this image for his article announcing this revision.

It is my first photograph to be published in this top zoological journal.

(Edited on 5 January, 2012.)


Bushana said...

Hi Amila
Congrat for your achievement!!!! (Y). It is an excellent picture with every minute details. Also thanks for interesting information.

Gallicissa said...

Thank a lot, Bushana!
At last, it's nice to see one of my images being published with photo credit! :)

silent moments said...

Great work Amila! congrats !

The pic is so crisp and detailed. did you use a macro lense here ?

Gallicissa said...

Thank you, Patali!
Yes, I used a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens. This was photographed at nighttime. For lighting, I used a Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash. And no tripod.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Congrats Amila! Proud of you!!

Gallicissa said...

Thanks, K!
Nice, nice, nice. :)

Stu said...


Gallicissa said...

Thanks, Stu!

Anjana said...

Wow! What an achievement!

Proud of you bro!

Gallicissa said...

Thank you, Anjana!
Nice of you to say so.

Chavie said...

Wow, that's amazing! :D Congratulations Amila! :D

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