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Schistocerca impleta/nitens - Schistocerca camerata - male

Schistocerca impleta/nitens - Schistocerca camerata - Male
Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Preserve, Cameron County, Texas, USA
March 14, 2010
As I commented in http://bugguide.net/node/view/412714/bgimage:
I sent pictures of individuals of this grasshopper that I collected in the Sabal Palm grove as well as at El Cielo in Tamaulipas, Mexico to Hojun Song (Schistocerca.org) and got this answer as to it's identity:

"The photos you sent belong to Schistocerca impleta. Currently
taxonomically invalid name because Dirsh sunk it under S. nitens, but
it is morphologically and genetically distinct species from the North
American nitens, which I tend to call vaga. The real vaga type does
extend down to Mexico, but it is an extremely polymorphic species and
it has given me a headache ever since I can remember."

Images of this individual: tag all
Schistocerca impleta/nitens - Schistocerca camerata - male Schistocerca impleta/nitens - Schistocerca camerata - male Schistocerca impleta/nitens - Schistocerca camerata - male Schistocerca impleta/nitens - Schistocerca camerata - male

It should be mentioned that this looks a LOT like
S. damnifica, but perhaps a bit more slender, with longer antennae. That is what I'd be comparing it with if gross appearance is any indication. It doesn't look much like S. nitens (=vaga - for now) at all.

note added 12-13-12: Turns out these have been previously determined as S. camerata and they fit the description of that species quite well (and look like it). They do not fit the description of S. impleta well, at all; and, that species is generally considered Central American and south Pacific coastal Mexico.

Moved from Bird Grasshoppers.

We'll just make a page for
S. impleta, and not worry about Dirsh's synonym. It's clearly not the same as what we've been calling S. nitens, which probably occurs in the same area with it.

 
Sounds good
Yeah, this species will probably eventually be resurrected or incorporated into the 'real' S. nitens and what we've been calling nitens will change to S. vaga. I have pictures (and the specimen) of a large S. nitens from nearby collected on the same day.

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