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Genus Aglaothorax - Ovate Shieldback

orthopteran from southern CA - Aglaothorax ovata - female katydid - Aglaothorax ovata - male katydid - Aglaothorax ovata - male Mormon Cricket from Nevada - Aglaothorax ovata - female Shield-backed Katydid? - Aglaothorax - female Shield-backed Katydid? - Aglaothorax - female grasshopper hybrid? - Aglaothorax - female Armor Back Crickett - Aglaothorax
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Tettigoniidea (Katydids, Camel Crickets, and relatives)
Family Tettigoniidae (Katydids)
Subfamily Tettigoniinae (Shield-backed Katydids)
Genus Aglaothorax (Ovate Shieldback)
6 spp., all in our area(1)
Very similar to and not reliably distinguishable from Neduba by any combination of characters. However, in general, most species of Aglaothorax have a larger more expanded and oval pronotum, shorter legs, and/or a marbled - mottled color pattern. They mostly have a toothed pseudocercus, while most Neduba species do not. Several authors consider Aglaothorax to be a synonym or subgenus of Neduba, and place all of the species in that genus.
sw. US (AZ-NV-CA)(1)