Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker)

Sanborn, Allen F., Phillips, Polly K. & Gilllis, Philip, 2008, The Cicadas of Florida (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae), Zootaxa 1916, pp. 1-43: 14

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Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker)


Neocicada hieroglyphica johannis (Walker)  (Figs. 74, 157–165)

The subspecies is separated primarily on the basis of the dorsal markings. The markings are less intense (fig. 158) than in the nominotypical subspecies (fig. 150). Linear marks found in N. h. hieroglyphica  are often discontinuous lines or spots in N. h. johannis  . The postclypeus of the latter also lacks the dark line within the median groove of the transverse ridges and the infuscation of the radial and radiomedial crossveins is generally connected along the radius posterior (fig. 157).

This subspecies is restricted to the Florida peninsula and the southern and coastal regions of Georgia ( Sanborn et al., 2005). It is also associated with oak ( Quercus  spp.). Acoustic behavior is similar to that described for N. h. hieroglyphica  with major calling activity at dawn and dusk with sporadic activity during the day. No analysis has been performed on the song of the subspecies but it has similar characteristics to N. h. hieroglyphica  (personal observation).

The distribution of the subspecies N. hieroglyphica johannis  extends over most of peninsular Florida (Fig. 74). It is primarily found in the Southern Coastal Plain with specimens being collected in the Miami Ridge/ Atlantic Coastal Strip of the Southern Florida Coastal Plain and the Tallahassee Hills/Volusia Limesink of the Southeasern Plain ecoregions. The species has been collected in the following 45 counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsboro, Indian River, Jefferson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. John’s, St. Lucie, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia, and Wakulla.