Tibicen auletes (Germar)

Sanborn, Allen F., Phillips, Polly K. & Gilllis, Philip, 2008, The Cicadas of Florida (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae), Zootaxa 1916, pp. 1-43: 7-8

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Tibicen auletes (Germar)
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Tibicen auletes (Germar)  (Figs. 13, 34–42)

Tettigonia grossa Fabricius 1775: 678  .

Cicada auletes Germar 1834: 65  . Type locality: Pennsylvania. Location of the holotype specimen is unknown. Fidicina literata Walker 1850: 91  .

Cicada sonora Walker 1850: 105  .

Cicada marginata  [nec Say], Howard 1901: plate XXVIII, Figure 19.

Tibicen auletes  first emerge in early June and can be heard singing until early October. The most common collection dates are in August. The song has been described to sound like roller skates being stroked on a sidewalk or a heavy pulsating drone lasting 15–20 sec with a peak frequency around 3.2 kHz ( Alexander 1956; Moore 1966; Alexander et al. 1972; Daniel et al. 1993; Elliott and Hershberger 2006). Davis (1918; 1922; 1926) remarked on how quiet the song was for the size of the species. A sonagram of the call can be found in Alexander (1956; 1960) and Elliott and Hershberger (2006). They sing individually during the day but chorus at dusk ( Davis 1918; 1922; 1926; Moore 1966; Alexander et al. 1972). The species is associated with rocky ravines and hillsides with oak ( Quercus  spp.) ( Beamer 1928), oak woods in sandy soils ( Alexander et al. 1972) and hardwood habitats ( Daniel et al. 1993). It has been observed to prefer to oviposit in oak and willow ( Salix  spp.) ( Beamer 1925) and a fifth instar nymph was removed from oak by Beamer (1928).

Tibicen auletes  is found in the forested areas primarily in the north and central portion of the state (Fig. 13). It inhabits various divisions of the Southeastern Plains and Southern Coastal Plains ecoregions. The species has been collected in Alachua, Duval, Hillsborough, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Okaloosa, and Volusia counties in Florida. The distributions of the closely related T. figuratus  and T. resonans  extend further south along the east coast than does the distribution of T. auletes  .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Cicadidae

Genus

Tibicen

Loc

Tibicen auletes (Germar)

Sanborn, Allen F., Phillips, Polly K. & Gilllis, Philip 2008

2008
Loc

Tettigonia grossa

Fabricius 1775: 678

Loc

Cicada auletes

Walker 1850: 91Germar 1834: 65

Loc

Cicada sonora

Walker 1850: 105