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A Leafhopper (Limotettix pseudosphagneticus)

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State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for A Leafhopper (Limotettix pseudosphagneticus). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Limotettix pseudosphagneticus in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1?
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A leafhopper with a short, blunt head. The scutellum shorter than the pronotum. A leafhopper using Eleocharis as host is likely to be Limotettix. Length: male, 3.2-3.5mm; female, 3.5-3.8mm.

Similar Species: L. schedia is the same color but transverse band on the crown more centrally located.

Habitat: Bog, sedge meadow, perhaps other wetlands with Eleocharis spp. Found in isolated pockets of wet-mesic sand prairie vegetation along firebreaks at an Indiana barrens.

Host Plant: Sedges. Taken on Eleocharis elliptica in Michigan, Eleocharis sp. In Ontario. Cyperus diandrus mat at Presque Isle, PA. May use other Cyperaceae as well.

Associated Species: Found with L. cuneatus, another sedge-feeding species, in Indiana.

State Distribution: Black River State Forest, Jackson Co.

Global Distribution: A boreal species with the southern limit of distribution near 44 degrees latitude. Found in the following states/provinces: WI, MI, ONT, MB, PA, and IN.

Status Comments: This species was newly described in 1994. Range is yet to be determined.

Rationale for Species Listing and Threats: Potentially mossing activities, draining and filling of wetlands.

Phenology: Adults mid-July to mid-August, perhaps later.

Life and Natural History: Eggs are laid in plant tissues. There are five nymphal instars. Adults, particularly males, produce courtship calls.

Survey Guidelines: Sweepnet for species in clumps of the foodplant. Pick up individuals from foodplants with an aspirator.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Surveys in wetlands needed.


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Natural community (habitat) associations

The table below lists the natural communities that are associated with A Leafhopper. Only natural communities for which A Leafhopper is "high" (score=3) or "moderate" (score=2) associated are shown. See the key to association scores for complete definitions. Please see the Wildlife Action Plan to learn how this information was developed.

Ecological landscape associations

The table below lists the ecological landscape association scores for A Leafhopper. The scores correspond to the map (3=High, 2=Moderate, 1=Low, 0=None). For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

This map shows the probability of A Leafhopper occurring in each of Wisconsin's Ecological Landscapes.  Actual scores can be found in the table to the left.

Ecological landscape score
Central Sand Hills 3
Central Sand Plains 3
Forest Transition 1

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Landscape-Community combinations of highest ecological priority*

Ecological priorities are the combinations of natural communities and ecological landscapes that provide Wisconsin's best opportunities to conserve important habitats for a given Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The 10 highest scoring combinations are considered ecological priorities and are listed below. More than 10 combinations are listed if multiple combinations tied for 10th place. For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

* Ecological priority score is a relative measure that is not meant for comparison between species. This score does not consider socio-economical factors that may dictate protection and/or management priorities differently than those determined solely by ecological analysis. Further, a low ecological priority score does not imply that management or preservation should not occur on a site if there are important reasons for doing so locally.

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Issues/threats and conservation actions

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the WWAP because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.

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Last revised: Thursday, October 08, 2020