Tettigoniinae

Common marauding katydid Metaballus frontalis, copyright William Archer.


Belongs within: Tettigonioidea.

The Tettigoniinae, shield-backed katydids, are a group of katydids that often have the pronotum produced rearwards over the front of the abdomen (Rentz 1996).

Characters (from Rentz 1996): Fastigium of vertex as broad as width of first antennal segment to half width of same; fore tibia bearing a single spine on posterior margin of dorsal surface; hind tarsus with plantula, which is usually half length of first tarsal segment.

<==Tettigoniinae R96
    |  i. s.: Glenbalodectes amaroo R96
    |--Platycleidini R96
    |    |--Austrodectes monticolus R96
    |    `--Platycleis F01
    |         |--P. albopunctata F01
    |         `--P. camellifolia F01
    |--Glyphonotini R96
    |    |--Chlorodectes montanus R96
    |    |--Ectopistidectes daptes R96
    |    `--Metaballus R96
    |         |--M. brevipennis R96
    |         |--M. frontalis R96
    |         |--M. mucronatus R96
    |         `--M. sagaeformis R96
    |--Tettigonia K08 [Tettigoniini R96]
    |    |--T. albifrons D95
    |    |--T. cantans K08
    |    `--T. viridissima K09
    |--Onconotini R96
    `--Nedubini R96
         |--Chinnandectes R96
         |--Platyproctidectes R96
         |--Rhachidorus longipennis R96
         |--Antipodectes giganteus R96
         |--Throscodectes R96
         |--Xederra barbarae R96
         |--Oligodectoides tindalei R96
         |--Dexerra vigescens R96
         |--Ixalodectes megacercus R96
         |--Nanodectes harpax R96
         |--Neduba GE05
         |    |--N. (Neduba) castanea W01
         |    `--N. extincta GE05
         |--Lanciana R96
         |    |--L. hesperpotana R96
         |    |--L. montana R96
         |    `--L. occidentalis R96
         `--Oligodectes R96
              |--O. longicercus R96
              |--O. pallens R96
              `--O. urostegus R96

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[D95] Damerdji, A. 1995. Bio-écologie du peuplement des orthoptères de la région de Ghazaouet (Tlemcen, Algérie). Mésogée 54: 73-80.

[F01] Field, L. H. 2001. Stridulatory mechanisms and associated behaviour in New Zealand wetas. In The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and Their Allies (L. H. Field, ed.) pp. 271-295. CABI Publishing: Wallingford (UK).

[GE05] Grimaldi, D., & M. S. Engel. 2005. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press: New York.

[K08] Köhler, G. 2008. Populationsstudien aus Gemeinen Grashüpfer, Chorthippus parallelus (Zetterstedt), entlang eines Höhengradienten im Mittleren Erzgebirge. Mauritiana 20 (2): 349-370.

[K09] Köhler, G. 2009. Heuschrecken (Saltatoria) und Ohrwürmner (Dermaptera) im Immissionsgebiet des Düngemittelwerkes Steudnitz/Thüringen—eine Langzeitstudie (1978–2001). Mauritiana 20 (3): 601-646.

[R96] Rentz, D. 1996. Grasshopper Country: The abundant orthopteroid insects of Australia. University of New South Wales Press: Sydney.

[W01] Weissman, D. B. 2001. Communication and reproductive behaviour in Noth American Jerusalem crickets (Stenopelmatus) (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae). In The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and Their Allies (L. H. Field, ed.) pp. 351-375. CABI Publishing: Wallingford (UK).

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