List of cicadas of Australia

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The list scope includes outlying islands:
1. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
2. Christmas Island
3. Ashmore Reef
4. Torres Strait Islands
5. Lord Howe Island
6. Norfolk Island
7. Macquarie Island
8. Heard Island and McDonald Islands Australia map with outlying islands.svg
The list scope includes outlying islands:
    1. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    2. Christmas Island
    3. Ashmore Reef
    4. Torres Strait Islands
    5. Lord Howe Island
    6. Norfolk Island
    7. Macquarie Island
    8. Heard Island and McDonald Islands

This is a list of the cicadas found in Australia including its outlying islands and territories. The outlying islands covered include: Christmas, Cocos (Keeling), Ashmore, Torres Strait, Coral Sea, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Macquarie, and Heard/McDonald.


The taxonomy followed is from Moulds 2012, [1] Marshall 2018, [2] and Popple 2018. [3]

Family Cicadidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily Cicadinae Latreille, 1802

Tribe Burbungini Moulds, 2005

Genus Burbunga Distant, 1905

Tribe Cicadini Latreille

Genus Diceropyga Stål, 1870

Tribe Cryptotympanini Handlirsch, 1925

Genus Anapsaltoda Ashton, 1921

Genus Arenopsaltria Ashton, 1921 (Sandgrinders)

Genus Henicopsaltria Stål, 1866

Henicopsaltria eydouxii Henicopsaltria eydouxii face.jpg
Henicopsaltria eydouxii

Genus Illyria Moulds, 1985

Genus Macrotristria Stål, 1870

Macrotristria godingi AustralianMuseum cicada specimen 32.JPG
Macrotristria godingi

Genus Neopsaltoda Distant, 1910

Genus Psaltoda Stål, 1861

Psaltoda moerens Redeye cicada02.jpg
Psaltoda moerens

Tribe Cyclochilini Distant, 1904

Genus Cyclochila * Amyot and Serville, 1843

Cyclochila australasiae, Greengrocer AustralianMuseum cicada specimen 23.JPG
Cyclochila australasiae, Greengrocer

Tribe Jassopsaltriini Moulds, 2005

Genus Jassopsaltria Ashton, 1914

Tribe Platypleurini Schmidt, 1918

Genus Oxypleura * Amyot and Serville, 1843

Tribe Talcopsaltriini Moulds, 2008

Genus Talcopsaltria Moulds, 2008

Tribe Tamasini Moulds, 2005

Genus Parnkalla Distant, 1905

Genus Parnquila Moulds, 2012

Genus Tamasa Distant, 1905

Tamasa tristigma Tamasa tristigma (24287319770).jpg
Tamasa tristigma

Tribe Thophini Distant, 1904

Genus Arunta Distant, 1904

Genus Thopha * Amyot and Serville, 1843

Subfamily Cicadettinae Buckton, 1889

Tribe Cicadettini Buckton, 1889

Genus Adelia Moulds, 2012

Genus Atrapsalta * Owen and Moulds, 2016

Genus Auscala Moulds, 2012

Genus Birrima Distant, 1906

Birrima varians Birrima varians (15181506513).jpg
Birrima varians

Genus Caliginopsalta Ewart, 2005

Genus Chelapsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Clinata Moulds, 2012

Genus Clinopsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Crotopsalta Ewart, 2005

Genus Diemeniana Distant, 1905

Diemeniana frenchi Diemeniana frenchi.jpg
Diemeniana frenchi

Genus Dipsopsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Drymopsalta Ewart, 2005

Genus Erempsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Ewartia Moulds, 2012

Genus Falcatpsalta * Owen and Moulds, 2016

Genus Froggattoides Distant, 1910

Genus Gagatopsalta Ewart, 2005

Genus Galanga Moulds, 2012

Galanga labeculata Cicadetta labeculata 1.jpg
Galanga labeculata

Genus Gelidea Moulds, 2012

Genus Graminitigrina * Ewart and Marques, 2008

Genus Gudanga Distant, 1905

Genus Haemopsalta * Owen and Moulds, 2016

Genus Heliopsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Heremusina Ewart, 2018

Genus Kikihia Dugdale, 1972

Genus Kobonga Distant, 1906

Genus Limnopsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Marteena Moulds, 1986 Mallee Chirper * Marteena rubricincta (Goding and Froggatt, 1904)

Genus Mugadina Moulds, 2012

Genus Myopsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Nanopsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Neopunia Moulds, 2012

Genus Noongara Moulds, 2012

Genus Palapsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Paradina Moulds, 2012

Genus Pauropsalta * Goding and Froggatt, 1904

Large Mallee Squawker * Pauropsalta infuscata (Goding and Froggatt, 1904)

Genus Physeema Moulds, 2012

Genus Pipilopsalta Ewart, 2005

Genus Platypsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Plerapsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Popplepsalta * Owen and Moulds, 2016

Genus Punia Moulds, 2012

Genus Pyropsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Relictapsalta * Owen and Moulds, 2016

Genus Samaecicada* Popple and Emery, 2010

Genus Simona Moulds, 2012

  • Simona erema Ewart, Popple and Marshall, 2015 (Roaring Senna Cicada)
  • Simona retracta Ewart, Popple and Marshall, 2015 (Charleville Eremophila Cicada)
  • Simona sancta (Distant, 1913) (Western Eremophila Cicada)
Sylphoides arenaria Sylphoides arenaria 3.jpg
Sylphoides arenaria

Genus Sylphoides Moulds, 2012

Genus Taurella Moulds, 2012

Genus Telmapsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Terepsalta Moulds, 2012

Genus Toxala Moulds, 2012

Genus Urabunana Distant, 1905

Genus Uradolichos Moulds, 2012

Genus Xeropsalta Ewart, 2018

Genus Yoyetta Moulds, 2012

Tribe Chlorocystini Distant, 1905

Genus Chlorocysta Westwood, 1851

Genus Cystopsaltria * Goding and Froggatt, 1904

Genus Cystosoma Westwood, 1842

Genus Euthemopsaltria Moulds, 2014

Genus Glaucopsaltria * Goding and Froggatt, 1904

Genus Guineapsaltria de Boer, 1993

Genus Gymnotympana Stål, 1861

Genus Owra Ashton, 1912

Genus Thaumastopsaltria Kirkaldy, 1900

Genus Venustria * Goding and Froggatt, 1904

Tribe Prasiini Matsumura, 1917

Genus Lembeja Distant, 1883

Tribe Taphurini Distant, 1905

Genus Aleeta Moulds, 2003

Aleeta curvicosta Floury Baker cicada side.JPG
Aleeta curvicosta

Genus Tryella Moulds, 2003

Genus Chrysocicada Boulard, 1989

Genus Pictila Moulds, 2012

Family Tettigarctidae Distant, 1905

Subfamily Tettigarctinae Distant, 1905

Tribe Tettigarctini Distant, 1905

Genus Tettigarcta White, 1845

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  2. Marshall, David C.; Moulds, Max; Hill, Kathy B. R.; Price, Benjamin W.; et al. (2018). "A molecular phylogeny of the cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) with a review of tribe and subfamily classification". Zootaxa. Magnolia Press. 4424 (1): 1–64. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4424.1.1 . PMID   30313477.
  3. Popple, L.W. "The cicadas of Australia" . Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  4. "THE CICADA". The Sydney Morning Herald . National Library of Australia. 29 April 1933. p. 9. Retrieved 6 June 2013.