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
    |--Onconotini R96
    |--Tettigonia K09 [Tettigoniini R96]
    |    |--T. albida K08
    |    |--T. albifrons D95
    |    |--T. cantans K09
    |    `--T. viridissima K09
    |--Platycleidini R96
    |    |--Austrodectes monticolus R96
    |    `--Platycleis K09
    |         |--P. albopunctata K09
    |         |--P. camellifolia F01
    |         `--P. denticulata F92
    |--Glyphonotini R96
    |    |--Chlorodectes montanus R96
    |    |--Ectopistidectes daptes R96
    |    `--Metaballus R96
    |         |--M. alatus R91
    |         |--M. brevipennis R96
    |         |--M. frontalis R96
    |         |--M. mucronatus R96
    |         `--M. sagaeformis R96
    `--Nedubini R96
         |--Chinnandectes R96
         |--Platyproctidectes R96
         |--Rhachidorus longipennis R96
         |--Throscodectes R96
         |--Xederra barbarae R96
         |--Oligodectoides tindalei R96
         |--Dexerra vigescens R96
         |--Ixalodectes megacercus R96
         |--Nanodectes harpax R96
         |--Antipodectes R96
         |    |--A. brevicaudus MC13
         |    `--A. giganteus 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


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

[F92] Fan Z. 1992. Key to the Common Flies of China 2nd ed. Science Press: Beijing.

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

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

[K08] Kirkaldy, G. W. 1908. A catalogue of the Hemiptera of Fiji. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33: 345–391, pl. 4.

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

[MC13] Majer, J. D., S. K. Callan, K. Edwards, N. R. Gunawardene & C. K. Taylor. 2013. Baseline survey of the terrestrial invertebrate fauna of Barrow Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 83: 13–112.

[R91] Rentz, D. C. F. 1991. Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, crickets). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers vol. 1 pp. 369–393. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[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: Field, L. H. (ed.) The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and Their Allies pp. 351–375. CABI Publishing: Wallingford (UK).

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