Tmethis cisti mozabiticus Krauss, 1902

Massa, Bruno, 2013, Pamphagidae (Orthoptera: Caelifera) of North Africa: key to genera and the annotated check-list of species, Zootaxa 3700 (3), pp. 435-475: 439

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scientific name

Tmethis cisti mozabiticus Krauss, 1902
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[ Tmethis cisti mozabiticus Krauss, 1902  ]

Material examined. Algeria: Oued Mzab (Ghardaja, Algerian Sahara  ) 4. IV.1893, 2 ♂ syntypes; Beni Abbès (Algerian Sahara  ) 5–6. IV.51, 5 ♂, 3 ♀ (MNCN).

Krauss (1902) described this taxon as variety of T. clavelii  from Oued Mzab (Ghardaia, Algerian Sahara  ), mainly on the base of wing coloration, very different from that of T. cisti  and related taxa. Wings appear just bluish inside, with a narrow brown stripe not reaching the fore border ( Fig. 56View FIGURES 54 – 59). Tegmina are as long as the abdomen ( Figs. 44–45View FIGURES 40 – 53) and hind tibiae and inside of hind femurs are yellow-orange. Pronotum keel is moderately low ( Figs. 38–39View FIGURES 32 – 39), and the eyes appear more bulging than in related taxa. It has been considered subspecies of T. pulchripennis  by Chopard (1943) and of T. cisti  by Uvarov (1943). I found a similar pattern of hind wings colour in the population living on Kerkenna Is. ( Tunisia), which however has blue tibiae and somewhat abbreviated wings. Consequently, this taxon may be considered one of a lot of morphological variations of T. cisti  , localised in the inner Algeria.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Orthoptera

Family

Pamphagidae

Genus

Tmethis