Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Magicicada cassinii (Fisher) - but frequently published as cassini, probably to conform to the same suffix as Magicicada tredecassini
Orig. Comb: Cicada cassinii Fisher, 1851
Syn: cassini - spelling
Explanation of Names
Patronym for John Cassin
(1813–1869), an American ornithologist.
Entire abdomen black; late teneral individuals have grayish-brown bands on the apex of each sternite
Some rare individuals can have assorted orange pigmentation on the underside of the abdomen; a distinct version of this is having orange on the sternites like septendecula, but the bands are medially constricted
c. and s. Great Plains to New England (1)
17-year species. Years: 1981, 1998, 2015, 2032 - part of the The Kansan Brood - Brood IV (2)
Groups of males of this species, and of its relative Magicicada tredecassini
, may synchronize calls and flights, giving an effect called a "giant game of musical chairs" (Michigan Cicadas
Fisher seems to have been active in Philadelphia, and was a colleague of John Cassin, both active in the Academy of Natural Sciences. Perhaps the same person as "J. Coleman Fisher"?
- almost identical in size, color and song, but has a 13-year life cycle
Fisher, J.C. 1851. On a new species of cicada. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 5: 272-275. (Full Text