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    A Checklist of Membracidae from India (Insecta: Homoptera: Cicadomorpha: Membracoidea)
    The family Membracidae commonly known as “Tree hoppers”, comprises of a distinct group of small phytophagous insects belonging to auchenorrhynchous Homoptera occurring in all the major geographic regions, their diversity and abundance reaching a peak in the tropical and sub tropical areas. These homopteran bugs are easily recognized by the structure of pronotum which takes curious bizarre shapes in different species that have earned the name “Cow bugs” or “Horn bugs”. Globally, the family Membracidae comprises of 3200 extant species accommodated under 400 genera. 235 species under 41 genera so far reported from India are presented in this check list. Interestingly, 38.7% of the species so far known from India are occurring in Western Ghats
    Southern Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Chennai