Sunday, February 2, 2014

New Checklist of the Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids) Species of BC Now Available

Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum femurrubrum), photo by Brian Klinkenberg

An Updated Checklist of the Orthoptera Species of British Columbia, by entomologist James Miskelly, was recently published (2012).  The checklist covers grasshoppers, crickets, cave crickets, Jerusalem crickets, katydids and locusts. In the abstract to his paper, Miskelly says:

"Since the last publication of a checklist of the Orthoptera of British Columbia, much has been learned about the group. New information has come from a variety of web-based resources as well as new collections. An updated checklist is presented, listing 104 resident species in the province. Two of these species are represented by two subspecies in BC. Eight species have been added since the last list was published, including newly discovered native species and newly established non-native species. Records of six species have been found to be based on misidentified specimens and these species have been deleted from the checklist. An additional 15 species are considered hypothetical and may one day be confirmed to occur in BC."

View the paper, published by the Entomological Society of British Columbia, here.
View the E-Fauna BC Checklist of Orthopertoid Insects (2007), by Geoff Scudder and Rob Cannings, here.
View the E-Fauna BC atlas pages for Orthopera species here.
Read the Introduction to the Orthoptera of BC, by Geoff Scudder and Rob Cannings, here.

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