Thoracistus arboreus

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Thoracistus arboreus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Thoracistus
Species:T. arboreus
Binomial name
Thoracistus arboreus
(Rentz, 1988)

Thoracistus arboreus, the Arboreal Seedpod Shieldback is a species of katydid in the family Tettigoniidae. The species is endemic to Clarens, South Africa.

Tettigoniidae family of insects

Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called katydids, or bush crickets. They have previously been known as long-horned grasshoppers. More than 6,400 species are known. Part of the suborder Ensifera, the Tettigoniidae are the only extant (living) family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea.

Clarens, Free State Place in Free State, South Africa

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References

  1. Bazelet, C. & Naskrecki, P. (2014). "Thoracistus arboreus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . IUCN. 2014: e.T20659726A56073947. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T20659726A56073947.en . Retrieved 10 January 2018.