Megatibicen is a recent split form the Neotibicen.
Taxa with "Western distributions" incl.: dorsatus, tremulus, harenosus, dealbatus, pronotalis, cultriformis
Eastern Taxa (slight western extensions): auletes, resonans, resh, figuratus, & pronotalis
Priority and synonymy of some North American cicada genera
(Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Cicadinae: Cryptotympanini)
ALLEN F. SANBORN1 & MAXINE S. HEATH2
1Department of Biology, Barry University, 11300 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695, USA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2104 Hummingbird Circle, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609, USA. E-mail: email@example.com
The status of several North American cicada genera is reconsidered based on the recent erection of new genera and
historical evidence. Megatibicen Sanborn & Heath, 2016 is shown to have priority over Megatibicen Lee, 2016 (which
was changed by the author to Gigatibicen Lee, 2016 prior to formal publication). Ameritibicen Lee, 2016 is shown to be
a junior synonym of Megatibicen Sanborn & Heath, 2016 and both Ameritibicen n. syn. and and Gigatibicen Lee, 2016
n. syn. are synonymized here to Megatibicen Sanborn & Heath. The species placed in Gigatibicen are returned to
Megatibicen to become Megatibicen auletes (Germar, 1834) n. comb., Megatibicen resh (Haldeman, 1852) n. comb.,
and Megatibicen resonans (Walker, 1850) n. comb. while the species placed in Ameritibicen remain in Megatibicen due
to the junior synonym status of Ameritibicen. The monospecific Paratibicen Lee, 2016 n. syn. is shown to be a junior
synonym of Neotibicen Hill & Marshall, 2015 and its species is reassigned to Neotibicen to become Neotibicen similaris
(Smith & Grossbeck, 1907) n. comb.
Most species & specimens are >2.5 inches long incl. wings
Most members of the Megatibicen are >2.5 inches long (incl. wings).
Megatibicen are often "stockier in appearance" & characteristically more pruinose (white powdery wax) than are most members of the Genus Neotibicen.
Below is a list of the North American Megatibicen species and "species groupings".
These groupings are based on the literature, per. observ., per. comm., and reflect shared morphological and behavioral traits used historically to classify these insects. In some cases, the songs also reflect shared origins for several of these "groupings" and have been taken into consideration.
NOTE: Many of the listed common names are informal & are either colloquial or suggested (here on bugguide).
As mentioned, the following information is based on a consensus of the literature, per. comm., and per. research & observation - "NOT SET IN STONE":
"The auletes Group"
*Appears to be the most divergent member (?)
"The dorsatus/pronotalis Group"