The new combination Hamza ciliaris (Linnaeus) is proposed for a cicada species widely distributed in Maluku ( = Moluccas), Timor, Banda, Kei and Banggai Islands, the Philippines, and the Palau group of the Caroline Islands. The synonymy of five species, treated in the literature as junior synonyms of Platypleura ciliaris, is confirmed and three other species are synonymized with Hamza ciliaris for the first time: Hamza bouruensis (Distant), H. uchiyamae Matsumura, and Platypleura lyricen Kirkaldy. The redescription of Hamza ciliaris is followed by discussions on its distribution, habitat, and taxonomie position. The current classification of the genus Hamza in the separate tribe Hamzini is questioned by the results of this study. Some remarks are made on the classification of the cicadas in general.

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Duffels, J. P. (1991). The eye-catching cicada Hamza ciliaris (Linnaeus, 1758) comb. n. in Indonesia and the Pacific: taxonomie status, synonymy, and distribution (Homoptera, Cicadoidea). Bijdragen tot de dierkunde, 61(2), 119–130.