Emeljanov A.F.1, Tishechkin D.Yu.2 2012. Contributions to the study of the genus Reptalus Emeljanov, 1971 (Homoptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cixiidae) of Western Tien Shan Mountains // Russian Entomol. J. Vol.21. No.3: 309–314 [in English].
1 Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab., 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Entomology, Faculty of Biology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorobyevy Gory, Moscow 119991, Russia. E-mail: email@example.com
KEY WORDS: Auchenorrhyncha, Cixiidae, Reptalus, taxonomy, variability, vibrational signals, Central Asia, Tien Shan Mts.
ABSTRACT. Data on morphological variability of Reptalus nigrovenosus (Kusn.) are presented, R. narynensis Emeljanov et Tishetshkin sp.n. closely related to the previous species is described. Both species produce calling signals with very similar temporal pattern and dwell on the same altitude in similar biotopes. On the other hand, they were never found in the same locality. Possibly, this is the similarity of signal structure that is the reason for their vicariation.