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Choconta circulata is a species of froghopper in the genus Choconta, of the family of Cercopidae. The species has been named formerly Sphenorhina circulata (Lallemand), Tomaspis circulata (Fennah), and originally Cercopis circulatus.[1][2][3] The species has been described first by French entomologist Félix Édouard Guérin-Méneville in 1844.[1][3]

Choconta circulata
Choconta circulata.jpg
Choconta circulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Superfamily: Cercopoidea
Family: Cercopidae
Genus: Choconta
Species: C. circulata
Binomial name
Choconta circulata

Cercopis circulatus
Guérin-Méneville, 1844
Sphenorhina circulata
Lallemand, 1912
Tomaspis circulata
Fennah, 1979


Etymology and habitatEdit

The genus Choconta is named after the town of Chocontá, Cundinamarca, on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, Colombia, former territory of the Muisca. The froghopper has been found in Bogotá.[1] Later discoveries of the species have been done in Venezuela.[3]


The 17 millimetres (0.67 in) long froghopper has a black body with a red anus. The wings are granulated with a yellow irregular part in the middle. The upper part of the head and lower part above the thorax is red. The legs are black with red on top of the feet.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Guérin-Méneville, 1844, p.368
  2. ^ Gray, 1851, p.688
  3. ^ a b c Choconta circulata - Hemiptera Database