Cybertaxonomy of microleafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Hall D, First Floor (Convention Center)
Dmitry A. Dmitriev , Center for Biodiversity, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL
Christopher H. Dietrich , Center for Biodiversity, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL
Taxonomic revisions of highly speciose groups such as the cicadellid genera Erythroneura and Empoasca are challenging because they require efficient management and synthesis of large amounts of nomenclatural, morphological, and distributional data. When undertaken using traditional methodologies, such projects often require many years to yield publishable results. Technological advances, including relational databases, digital imaging, and Internet dissemination, provide the means to overcome some of the logistical problems inherent to large revisions, and provide systematists with tools to increase both the quality and quantity of such studies.