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Tibicen pruinosus (nr. winnemanna ?) - Neotibicen pruinosus

Tibicen pruinosus (nr. winnemanna ?) - Neotibicen pruinosus
Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
Tibicen pruinosus 2.2
Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama
2 Males LEFT
2 Females RIGHT
coll. M. Reynolds (w/ B. Reynolds & G. Reynolds)

Cicadas from this population seem to share some traits with the more eastern T. winnemanna (i.e. fulvous margins to the 2nd abdominal segments, as seen in the males & some slight bowing to the costal vein,... a trait seen in T. winnemanna and referenced/mentioned by Davis). Additional studies are needed to fully understand the interactions and relationships between Tibicen pruinosus and Tibicen winnemanna.

I'd like to thank my brother and his children for their time and efforts collecting and takinig notes on the cicadas in their area.

Examples from this locality



cross breeding
I think insects like most men and women aren't concerned about the species so long as the purpose is to further the existense of their kind of creature.Unlike man though, I don't think insect discriminate based on race,religion,and etc.

 
Intergrades/Introgression
The bigger issue is addressing taxonomic status. Since winnemana & pruinosus are regarded by some as distinct, gene exchange or blending may address and answer some of the previous assumptions/unknowns.

Unfortunately the "species concept(s)" are blurred - in this case, do we have a biological, genetic, ecological, morphological...etc species. As you mentioned, the function is ultimately reproduction, however, taxa sharing common ancestry (perhaps those that have even become distinct species) often can and will exchange genes if given the opportunity.

Species status does not prevent viable gene exchange nor prevent the occurrence of viable populations (Introgression)!

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