Conocephalus melaenus,[1] sometimes known as the black-kneed conehead or black-kneed meadow katydid is a species of Tettigoniidae found in China, Taiwan, Japan, Nepal, India, Indo-China and western Malesia.[2]

Conocephalus melaenus
Adult, male
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Conocephalus
Subgenus: Anisoptera
C. melaenus
Binomial name
Conocephalus melaenus
(De Haan, 1843)
Synonyms [2][3]
  • Locusta melaena Haan, 1843 (basionym)[1]
  • Xiphidium melaenum
  • Xiphidium nigro-geniculatum
  • Anisoptera melaenum
  • Xiphidium (Xiphidium) nigro-geniculatum (Redtenbacher, 1891)
  • Xiphidion melan
  • Xiphidium melanum
  • Conocephalus melanum
  • Conocephalus melas

Description edit

This medium-sized conehead has hind femora with knees darkened: which is diagnostic.[3] The crimson-orange nymphs are quite noticeable in the grasses and shrubs where they develop.

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References edit

  1. ^ a b Haan W de (1843) in Temminck [Ed.] Verhandelingen over de Natuurlijke Geschiedenis der Nederlansche Overzeesche Bezittingen 19/20: 188,189.
  2. ^ a b Orthoptera Species File (retrieved 2 May 2020)
  3. ^ a b Min Zhou, Wen-Xuan Bi & Xia-Wei Liu (2010). "The genus Conocephalus (Orthoptera, Tettigonioidea) in China" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2527: 49–60.

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