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An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsonii)


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State status

Note: An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsonii) was added to the Wisconsin E/T list on January 1, 2014 per administrative rule ER-27-11. Learn more

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 An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsonii). 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 Fitchiella robertsonii in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusTHR
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S2
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A leafhopper slightly over 4mm in length with short wings and the block pattern on the wings is created from very pale veins. The abdomen is brown, paler below.

Similar Species: A. inimicus has a black abdomen and the block pattern is darker. The head of inimicus has two black dorsal dots behind the pronotum that is lacking in kansiensis.

Habitat: Prairie habitat. Muhlenbergia cuspidata is locally common on goat prairies along the Mississippi River and rare in Dane and Green Counties in dry prairies.

Host Plant: Feeds on Muhlenbergia cuspidata in Kansas (Hamilton, pers.comm.).

State Distribution: Green and Iowa Cos.

Global Distribution: Found in: KS, IA, IL, and WI.

Phenology: Adults collected in early August.

Survey Guidelines: Collected in yellow pan traps.

Inventory, Monitoring and Research Needs: Many questions to be answered about this species. Survey potential habitat along the Mississippi River bluffs.



An Issid Planthopper

An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsoni)

Photo © Scott Sauer.

An Issid Planthopper

An Issid Planthopper (Fitchiella robertsoni)

Photo © Scott Sauer.

Wildlife Action Plan

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Natural community (habitat) associations

The table below lists the natural communities that are associated with An Issid Planthopper. Only natural communities for which An Issid Planthopper 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.

Natural community Score
Dry Prairie 3
Dry-mesic Prairie 3
Mesic Prairie 2
Sand Prairie 2

Ecological landscape associations

The table below lists the ecological landscape association scores for An Issid Planthopper. 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 An Issid Planthopper occurring in each of Wisconsin's Ecological Landscapes.  Actual scores can be found in the table to the left.

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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