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Tibicen latifasciatus - Neotibicen latifasciatus - male

Tibicen latifasciatus - Neotibicen latifasciatus - Male
Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
Ocala, Marion Co., FL
July 2009

According to the literature (historical accounts based on observations of the time), Tibicen latifasciatus was NOT known to occur in (confirmed/recorded from) Florida until recently!

Due to similarities in appearance (particularly with regards to preservation techniques and specimen condition), taxonomic ambiguities, and song, specimens originating from central Florida were long thought to belong to the taxon Tibicen pruinosus.

I am originally from central FLorida (Ocala area) and have not yet seen "Tibicen pruinosus" (or winnemana) - as known elsewhere in the eastern US - much east or south of the FL Panhandle (i.e. areas adj. to Georgia & Alabama).

In contrast, Tibicen latifasciatus (syn. T. pruinosus latifasciatus), a.k.a. the "Coastal Scissor Grinder" or "Yodelling Cedar Sucker", can be locally abundant in central Florida. Perhaps the greatest source of confusion results from the calls, as both latifasciatus and pruinosus sound virtually identical.


For Sound Files, please refer to the following:

Moved from Frass.


i hear the call is somwhate s
i hear the call is somwhate slower than T pruinosus. easy to ID with the white on the timbal covers

Tibicen pruinosus complex (Tibicen latifasciatus)
For original info on the T. pruinosus group (incl. pruinosus, winnemana & latifasciatus), please refer to the on-line book by Davis (Pages 8-10, Photos of all three taxa can be reviewed on Plate 2) - LINK below

North American cicadas (1921)
Author: Davis, William T. (William Thompson), 1862-1945; New York Entomological Society. Journal
Volume: v. 1
Subject: Cicada (Genus)
Publisher: Staten Island, N.Y.
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: English
Call number: 39088007647845
Digitizing sponsor: Smithsonian
Book contributor: Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Title varies: vol. 2, "American cicadas."
A collection of papers published, with a single exception, in the Journal of the New York Entomological Society from 1915 to 1942
[v. 1] From 1915 to 1921.--v. 2. From 1922 to 1942

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