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Genus Tettigidea

Aztec Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - female Black-sided Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - female Pygmy Grasshopper? - Tettigidea armata Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - female Orthoptera - Tettigidea lateralis - female Tetrigidae: Tettigidea lateralis? - Tettigidea lateralis Pygmy Grasshopper? - Tettigidea Tettigidea lateralis - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Tetrigidae (Pygmy Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Batrachideinae
Genus Tettigidea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tettigidea Scudder, 1862
Numbers
5 North American species (1) (2)
Size
8-16 mm
Identification
Apparently, pronotal shape is fairly distinctive--a strong central ridge, and not higly arched. The other common genus in east is Nomotettix, and it has a strongly arched pronotum. In east, compare Tetrix (pronotum somewhat similar) and Nomotettix (arched pronotum, no ridge). See print references.
Range
North America, most species in southeast.
Habitat
Most in wet areas.
Remarks
Tettigidea empedonepia, the Neotenic, or Torreya Pygmy Grasshopper, is local and rare.
Print References
Arnett, p. 177, lists genus only. (1)
Bland, describes, has photos, of T. armata and T. lateralis. [cite:7805
Brimley, p. 28, lists for North Carolina: T. armata, T. lateralis (statewide), T. prorsa (coastal plain)
Helfer, pp. 91-92, describes T. empedonepia, T. armata, T. lateralis, T. acuta and T. prorsa (3)
Internet References
North Carolina State University Entomology Collectionlists from that state, with number pinned: acuta (12), armata (4), laterale (179), prorsa (11)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park lists T. lateralis and T. armata