Revision of the tusked bush-crickets (Tettigonioidea: Pseudophyllinae: Dicranostomus) with description of the hitherto unknown sexes release_tycozfupg5elnpl2h56w2fjcfe

by Klaus-Gerhard Heller, Matthias Helb

Published in Journal of Orthoptera Research by Pensoft Publishers.

2021   Volume 30, p87-94

Abstract

The genus <jats:italic>Dicranostomus</jats:italic> belongs to the very few Orthoptera with elongated mandibular processes, here called tusks. However, it is also one of the least studied genera from whose two species only one female and two males have been known so far. We present additional material from both species and sexes that confirms that the males have the relatively longest (2–2.8 times pronotal length) tusks of all Orthoptera. Surprisingly, the females of both species differ in this character: females of <jats:italic>D. monoceros</jats:italic> have tusks and those of <jats:italic>D. nitidus</jats:italic> do not. Based on a comparison with other species, we hypothesize that the species use holes that males can defend and use to monopolize the females.
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