n African Entomology - Analysis of the calling songs of (Germar, 1834) and (Germar, 1834) (Hemiptera : Cicadidae) : short communication

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Most male cicadas produce a calling song in order to attract conspecific females. These songs have been shown to differ in closely related species ( Alexander & Moore 1962; Villet 1988, 1989; Boulard 1995; Marshall & Cooley 2000; Sanborn & Phillips 2001) and in species which share habitats ( Sueur 2002). The former is an inevitable part of the divergence of recognition signals that characterizes the speciation process in animals using acoustic signals (Villet 1995), while the latter would be expected from a signal that acts as a reproductive isolating mechanism (Claridge 1985; Marshall & Cooley 2000). Calling songs are therefore of value in resolving taxonomic problems in the cicadas.

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