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Massa B.,University of Palermo | Fontana P.,Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico Fitoiatria
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

Authors analysed 33 supraspecific taxa of Palaearctic Platycleidini with unarmed prosternum, most of them hitherto considered genera or subgenera of Platycleis and Metrioptera. For each of them they give a short description of the characters revealing the correct classification of males and females. Then, they propose a more consistent classification, when both males and females of a supraspecific taxon are clearly distinct, they should be elevated to distinct genera. On the whole, they propose to classify Palaearctic taxa into 32 genera, for which they propose a key based on the characters used in this paper and illustrated by 140 photographs. Additionally, they describe the following new genera: Sardoplatycleis for Platycleis galvagnii from Sar-dinia, Amedegnatiana for Parnassiana vicheti from Mediterranean France; and the following new species: Platycleis buzzettii from Iran and Squamiana bressani from Uzbekistan. For each genus they list all the species known, pointing out also those which, for scarcity of specimens, have been tentatively classified within that genus and that probably should be better assigned to another one. Further, they synonymise Incertana with Decorana, define the actual taxonomical status of the group Roese-liana roeselii, R. fedtschenkoi, R. azami and R. brunneri, reinstate Tessellana carinata from Balkan peninsula, establish that T. nigrosignata is restricted only to S Italy, while in Balkan peninsula its related T. orina occurs. © 2011 Magnolia Press. Source

Fontana P.,Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico Fitoiatria | Kleukers R.M.J.C.,European Invertebrate Survey The Netherlands Netherlands Center for Biodiversity Naturalis | Ode B.,P.C. Hooftstraat 149
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

Platycleis galvagnii n. sp. from Sardinia (Italy) is described. In general habitus the new taxon is close to Platycleis sensu strictu, albeit very small in size. When looking at other characters the species does not seem to fit within one of the groups recognised within Platycleis s.l., but for the moment the species is placed in Platycleis s.s.. The species is characterised by a range of morphological and bioacoustic characters. Its real affiliations with other species within the Platycleis complex need to be established further. For the moment the species is known only from the type locality, Gennargentu mountain in the central part of Sardinia. © 2011 Magnolia Press. Source

Kleukers R.M.J.C.,Netherlands Center for Biodiversity Naturalis | Ode B.,P.C. Hooftstraat 149 | Fontana P.,Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico Fitoiatria
Zootaxa | Year: 2010

In this paper two new species of Leptophyes from southern Italy are described, L. calabra n. sp. and L. sicula n. sp.. Both species are similar to the common L. punctatissima and the recently described L. lisae from Greece, but can be identified by a combination of morphological and biacoustical characters. Descriptions of both species are provided and an illustrated key to the European species of Leptophyes is presented. These new findings are remarkable as the genus Leptophyes harbours only 15 species worldwide. This study suggests that the Leptophyes punctatissima - group in southern Europe is in need of a thorough survey. It is essential that bioacoustical information be involved in this study. © 2010 · Magnolia Press. Source

Battiston R.,Museo di Speleologia e Carsismo A. Parolini | Fontana P.,Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico Fitoiatria
Bulletin of Insectology | Year: 2010

A population of praying mantids Mantis religiosa L. was studied in a submontane habitat near Vicenza in Northern Italy. Sixtythree mantids were observed and studied in the field with the mark and recapture method to obtain ecological information about the coloration patterns, habitat preferences and strategies of this species. Additionally, a population of mantids was housed in artificial conditions to estimate the presence of colour changes in adults. A regular distribution of the coloration of the insects was found in the field during the changing of the season, and partial colour changes not linked to the substrate or the moult process were observed in artificial conditions. The basic structure of the preferred habitat of M. religiosa is described as a pattern of grassland and thorny bushes of the Rosaceae family. Source

Fontana P.,Centro Trasferimento Tecnologico Fitoiatria | Buzzetti F.M.,WBA World Biodiversity Association | Marino-Perez R.,Laboratorio Of Protozoologia
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

Two new genera and seven new species, collected in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, are described. The genera Reyesacris (R. amedegnatoae) and Oaxaca (O. colorata and O. carinata) are new to science. Melanoplus mixes, M. oaxacae and M. ludivinae are new species for the genus Melanoplus Stål, 1873 and Cephalotettix chinantecus is new species for the genus Cephalotettix Scudder, 1897. Copyright © 2011 · Magnolia Press. Source

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