oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on acridid anatomy



Lentula callani is a small grasshopper which displays certain striking anatomical peculiarities. It is completely wingless and, reflecting this condition, the meso- and metatergites, together with that of the first abdominal segment, are fused into a single unit almost totally devoid of sculpturing. Further there is no typanum. The organisation of the thoracic pleurites is shewn in fig. 1a where it is compared with the same area of a brachypterous specimen of Zonocerus elegans Thunb., a pyrgomorphine of comparable size. (fig. 1b).


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