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Subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae - Bird Grasshoppers

American Birdwing Grasshopper - Schistocerca americana - female Big bird needs a moniker - Schistocerca nitens Mischievous Bird Grasshopper - Schistocerca damnifica - male Grasshopper - Schistocerca damnifica - female Short-horned Grasshopper - Acrididae, nymph - Schistocerca grasshopper with stripe down abdomen - Schistocerca obscura - male Grasshopper - Schistocerca black and green grasshopper - Schistocerca obscura - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae (Bird Grasshoppers)
Other Common Names
Spur-throated Grasshoppers (applied only to subfamily Melanoplinae by some American authors)
Bird Locusts
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cyrtacanthacridinae Kirby, 1902. Based on genus Cyrtacanthacris
Schistocercini Blatchley, 1920. Based on genus Schistocerca
Cyrtacanthacridini Walker, 1923
Subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae is often considered as only a tribe within the very closely related Subfamily Catantopinae.
Orthoptera Species File lists 28 genera for subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae, all included within one tribe Cyrtacanthacridini. There are two American Genera (Schistocerca and Halmenus) with only the first occurring in North America. Both genera are found only in the Americas with the exception of one or two Old World species of Schistocerca (depending on definition of species limits).
Arnett (1) lists only 1 North American genus in this subfamily: Schistocerca.
See Also
Melanoplinae - Spur-throated Grasshoppers
Internet References
common name reference [Spur-throated Grasshoppers] plus list of species (U. of Wisconsin)
common name reference [Bird Locusts] plus key to genera in various other subfamilies (Orthoptera of the Northern Great Plains, North Dakota State U.)