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Lightfoot D.C.,University of New Mexico | Weissman D.B.,California Academy of Sciences | Ueshima N.,1435 1 Kubo cho
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

We describe the monotypic shield-backed katydid genus Phymonotus and species jacintotopos from theSan Jacinto Mountains of southern California, USA. Phymonotus is unique in having an unusually enlarged dome-like pronotum, a distinctive song, and seven additional distinctive morphological features. We believe that Phymonotus is a Pleistocene relic taxon, now endemic to geographically isolated high elevation conifer forests of the San Jacinto Mountains. Nearest relatives Agalothorax and Neduba taxa occur in lower elevation environments throughout the surrounding region.Phymonotus is a member of the katydid tribe Nedubini which has a Gondwanan distribution with additional taxa in Australia andSouth America (Chile and Argentina). Western North American Nedubini apparently result from a South American dispersal event. We also describe characters newly used for the description and diagnosis of Phymonotus, the dorsaland ventral lobes of the titillators, and the dorsal sclerites of the titillators. We report evidence that Phymonotus males may produce thoracic glandular secretions that are offered to mating females. © 2011 · Magnolia Press. Source


A new tribe of the Conocephalinae, Armadillagraeciini Rentz, Su, Ueshima is described to include three known Australian genera: Armadillagraecia, Kapalgagraecia and Lichenagraecia gen. nov. Lichenagraecia gen. nov. is the eastern representative of the tribe, the others from the Northern Territory, northern Western Australia and western Queensland. Three new genera in the tribe Agraeciini are described from the rainforests of north-eastern Queensland, Australia. Ingrischagraecia gen. nov. is known from a single species, I. iterika sp. nov. Emeraldagraecia gen. nov. is known from two species, E. munggarifrons and E. windsorana spp. nov. Miniagraecia gen. nov. is described from two species: M. milyali and M. goorijupa spp. nov. In the Listroscelidinae; Requenini, a new species of the previously monotypic genus Xingbaoia, X. irvineorum sp. nov. is described from two localities in peril from repeated prescribed burning. Distribution maps, keys, measurements, song patterns and cytological observations are provided for most species. © 2012, Magnolia Press. Source


Rentz D.C.F.,19 Butler Dr | Su Y.N.,90 Mugga Way | Ueshima N.,1435 1 Kubo cho | Robinson M.,College St
Zootaxa | Year: 2010

Two new agraeciine genera and five new species are described from northern Australia. Both genera have species that live in mixed woodlands in the tropics. Armadillagraecia Rentz, Su, Ueshima, Robinson gen. nov. is known from two species in the Northern Territory and one from Queensland. Kapalgagraecia Rentz, Su, Ueshima, Robinson gen. nov. is known from two species, one apparently widespread in the Northern Territory, the other from Groote Eylandt, NT. Cytological data are provided for all Armadillagraecia species but not for Kapalgagraecia. A table is presented documenting knowledge of the known cytology of all Agraeciini. The calling songs of both A. mataranka and A. yerilla Rentz, Su, Ueshima, Robinson gen. et spp. nov. are noted and documented by sonograms. Known biological, ecological and distributional data are presented. Copyright © 2010 Magnolia Press. Source


Rentz D.C.F.,19 Butler Dr | Su Y.N.,90 Mugga Way | Ueshima N.,1435 1 Kubo cho
Zootaxa | Year: 2010

The genus Acauloplacella Karny is recorded from Australia. Four new species are described, all in the subgenus Acauloplacella. The Australian representatives are related to those in New Guinea. All species occur in rainforest, especially along the margins. They are known from the east coast from disjunct populations from Iron Range south to near Townsville, Qld. They are nocturnal plant feeders with males uttering a stuttering call after dark. Copyright © 2010. Source

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