Thaumaspis Bolivar , 1900

Wang, Hanqiang, Liu, Xianwei & Li, Kai, 2014, A synoptic review of the genus Thaumaspis Bolivar (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae, Meconematinae) with the description of a new genus and four new species, ZooKeys 443, pp. 11-33: 13

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Thaumaspis Bolivar , 1900


Taxon classification Animalia Orthoptera Tettigoniidae

Genus Thaumaspis Bolivar, 1900 

Thaumaspis  : Bolívar 1900: 768, t. 11, figs 11 a–b; Kirby 1906: 373; Caudell 1912: 2; Karny 1924: 135; Beier 1966: 280; Gorochov 1993: 261; Jin and Xia 1994: 26; Otte 1997: 97; Gorochov 1998: 114.

Type species.

Thaumaspis trigonurus  Bolívar, 1900.


Body small sized. Head opisthognathous. Fastigium of vertex short without sulcus dorsally, face extremely oblique, last segment of maxillary palpi longer than the preceding. Pronotum with low lateral lobes, humeral sinus absent; auditory foramina of thorax entirely exposed. Tegmina shorter than pronotum, with the stridulating organ in male, hind wing degraded. Auditory foramina of fore tibiae opened, hind tibiae with 2 pairs of apical spurs. Male 10th abdominal tergite bearing a single process on posterior margin or absence, cerci elongate with processes, subgenital fig with short styli, genitalia entirely membranous. Female subgenital fig nearly triangular, ovipositor shorter than hind femora, ventral valve with a small apical hook.


The opisthognathous head and low lateral lobes of pronotum can easily distinguished them from other genera, for now Thaumaspis  is the only genus with opisthognathous head of tribe Meconematini  .