Tibicen tibicen australis (Davis)

Sanborn, Allen F., Phillips, Polly K. & Gilllis, Philip, 2008, The Cicadas of Florida (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae), Zootaxa 1916, pp. 1-43: 13

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Tibicen tibicen australis (Davis)
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Tibicen tibicen australis (Davis)  (Figs. 73, 139–147)

Rihana sayi  var. australis Davis 1912: 261  . Type locality: Spring Creek, Decatur County, Georgia. Although Davis (1912) lists several locations in the species description, the male specimen labeled “ type ” in the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences was collected in Spring Creek.

The subspecies has a primarily green mesonotum, pronotum and pronotal collar with reduced black markings (fig. 140) instead of the black and fulvous areas on the pronotum and mesonotum (fig. 131) of T. t. tibicen ( Davis 1912)  . It is commonly known as Tibicen chloromerus australis (Davis)  but, as noted above, Tibicen sayi  , and thus its subspecies, is now a junior synonym of T. tibicen  (L.) ( Sanborn 2008).

The subspecies T. tibicen australis  first emerges in mid-May and can be heard singing until late October or early November. The most common collection dates are in late July and early August. No analysis of the song has been published but it has similar characteristics to that of the nominotypical subspecies (personal observation).

The subspecies Tibicen tibicen australis  has been collected more often than T. t. tibicen  in Florida. The 29 counties from which the subspecies has been recorded are Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Calhoun, Dixie, Duval, Gadsden, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Pasco, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Seminole, Suwannee, Union, Volusia, and Wakulla. The species is found in the Southeastern Plains and Southern Coastal Plains ecoregions. However, the overlap in the distributions of the two subspecies (Fig. 73) and similar calls suggest that they may be simply color morphs.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Cicadidae

Genus

Tibicen

Loc

Tibicen tibicen australis (Davis)

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

2008
Loc

var. australis

Davis 1912: 261

1912
Loc

T. t. tibicen (

Davis 1912

1912