News Archive 2013

Myrmecophilus acervorum from Germany. Photo Rene Krekels.

Ant crickets of Central Europe

20 December 2013 • Roy Kleukers

The ant crickets ( Myrmecophilus ) are one the Orthoptera groups in Europe which are diffcult to identify. In a new paper light is shed on the distribution and identification…

Omocestus minutus male, from Greece.

Omocestus minutus in Hungary

20 December 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In 2009 Omocestus minutus was recorded for the first time from Hungary. Since then it has been found on several localities on the Great Plain. Some of these could have…

Female Orchamus gracilis. Photo E. Friedrich.

Sound production in a female of Orchamus gracilis

20 December 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In 2012 Günter Köhler held a female of Orchamus gracilis in his study for 2,5 months. To his surprise he heard the grasshopper making a sudden rustling sound of less…

Metrioptera brachyptera female.

Metrioptera brachyptera new to Spain

20 December 2013 • Roy Kleukers

Being a common species throughout Europe, it is quite surprising that Metrioptera brachyptera was not known from the Iberian Peninsula. The species was discovered on the Spanish part of the…

Odontura stenoxypha, male. Sicily 2006.

Phylogeny of Odontura

19 December 2013 • Roy Kleukers

A new study of molecular characters of the genus Odontura showes the monophyly of the genus. Two subgenera are recognised: Odontura and Odonturella . The two Sicilian taxa proved to…

Meeting DGfO 2014 in Salzburg

12 December 2013 • Roy Kleukers

The 13th meeting of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Orthopterologie (DGfO) will be held in Salzburg (Austria), from 28- 30 March. The meeting is a very good opportunity to meet orthopterists…

Nemobius interstitialis , male and female.

A new, mute Nemobius from Spain

26 November 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In Guadarrama mountains (Madrid, Spain) a new species of cricket was found: Nemobius interstitialis . It lives mainly underground and was caught with special traps. It is closely related to…

Book on fauna Durmitor

26 November 2013 • Roy Kleukers

Recently the first volume of the new monograph series Fauna Balkana was published. Orthoptera are the main focus, with two papers on the orthopteroid fauna of Durmitor by Dragan Pavicevic…

Eupholidoptera schmidtii, recently synonymised with E. chabrieri, is now re-instated as a valid species.

Revision Eupholidoptera Balkan and Italy

5 November 2013 • Roy Kleukers

The status of the different taxa of Eupholidoptera in southern Europe is much discussed. In the past many taxa were recognised in Italy and the Balkan. According to Ciplak et…

Thijs Duijm 1920-2013

4 November 2013 • Baudewijn Odé

After a long and rich life the Dutch lecturer in zoology and orthopterist Thijs Duijm has passed away on October 28. He founded the Dutch research on behaviour and bioacoustics…

Zubovskya banatica is an point endemic from Semenic Mts.

Analysis Orthoptera Romanian Carpathians

2 November 2013 • Roy Kleukers

A team of Slovakian and Romanian orthopterists has made an analysis of the rich fauna of the Romanian Carpathians. In 2013 they visited 24 localities, and found 71 species. This…

Call for Balearic Orthoptera

15 August 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In the next years Spanish orthopterist Florent Prunier will be working on the Orthoptera of the Balearic islands. People who have Orthoptera records of this area are asked to contact…

Rediscovery Rammeihippus dinaricus

28 June 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In 2012 Rammeihippus dinaricus was found on Dinara mountain in Croatia. The species was known only from the type-series from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1936. In 2012 only one specimen…

Male of the new subspecies Isophya rhodopensis leonorae.

Review Balkan Isophya

23 May 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In this major work the Balkan species of Isophya are critically reviewed, with a revision of the modesta -group. Isophya leonorae and I. petkovi are placed as subspecies to I.…

New field guide Czech Republic

2 May 2013 • Roy Kleukers

In this field guide a team of researchers present the 86 species of Orthoptera known from the Czech Republic. The field guide contains an identification key and species treatments inspired…

Male of the newly described Sphingonotus almeriense.

Revision of the Iberian Sphingonotus

29 April 2013 • Roy Kleukers

Sphingonotus is one of the most difficult groups of the European Orthoptera fauna. This review of the Iberian species is a very valuable step towards resolving the taxonomical problems. About…

A new subspecies of Isophya kraussii

18 April 2013 • Roy Kleukers

Recent investigations have confirmed the presence of Isophya kraussi in the Carpathian mountains. Based on acoustic analysis and morphological characters, the populations from NE Romania are considered to belong to…

Workshop European Red List Orthoptera

14 April 2013 • Roy Kleukers

From 11 to 13 april the Orthoptera Specialist Group of the IUCN had a workshop on the redlisting of European Orthoptera in Leiden. A total of 13 orthopterists from all…