Pholidoptera littoralis ( Fieber, 1853 )

Skejo, Josip, Rebrina, Fran, Szövényi, Gergely, Puskás, Gellért & Tvrtković, Nikola, 2018, The first annotated checklist of Croatian crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Ensifera, Caelifera), Zootaxa 4533 (1), pp. 1-95: 32

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Pholidoptera littoralis ( Fieber, 1853 )


59. Pholidoptera littoralis ( Fieber, 1853)  = zelenotrbi kožokrili konjic

First faunistic record for Croatia: Krauss 1879

Also reported as: Thamnotrizon similis Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1861  (Brunner von Wattenwyl 1861)

Distribution in Croatia: Abundant in Istria and the Dinaric Alps (north of Dinara Mt.), recorded also in Kvarner. Its presence in Dalmatia ( Us 1967) should be confirmed.

Distribution in Europe: Inhabits large, but often discontinuous area in Southern Europe, from the Alpine region at Italian/French border via Northeastern Balkan Peninsula to the Carpathian arc of Romania ( Zuna-Kratky et al. 2016).

Taxonomic note: Terra typica of Pterolepis littoralis in Harz (1969)  and on the Orthoptera  Species File ( Cigliano et al. 2018) was wrongly designated as „Istrien—Krain“. Namely, in the original description by Fieber (1853), a single locality was given: Trieste ( Italy). Label of the holotype agrees with the description (labeled Tergest[inus] = Trieste). Furthermore, terra typica of Thamnotrizon similis Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1861  is designated as “Istrien” in Harz (1969), but the correct terra typica is Mehadia in Romania (Brunner von Wattenyl 1861). The record of P. l. similis  from Josipdol (Brunner von Wattenyl 1861) is questionable, as is the very existence of the subspecies in Croatia. It could be either a misidentification of P. frivaldszkyi  , recently found in Poštak Mt. (see notes under P. frivaldszkyi  ) or wrongly identified P. l. littoralis  .