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Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: New species of Anisophya Karabag from Chile (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Phanopterinae)

item Nickle, David

Submitted to: Journal of Orthoptera Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/25/2011
Publication Date: 11/1/2011
Citation: Nickle, D.A. 2011. New species of Anisophya Karabag from Chile (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Phanopterinae). Journal of Orthoptera Research. 20(2):163-172.

Interpretive Summary: Bush katydids are exclusively plant-feeding insects related to crickets and grasshoppers, some of which are minor pests of crops, ornamentals, and fruit trees. A species of bush katydid new to science recently was intercepted on apples from Chile, and further investigations of museum collections revealed a large collection of both this and another new species, both of which are described and figured in this paper. These descriptions will contribute to a study in progress of a group a katydids mostly confined to Europe but with some species found also in South America. User groups who may benefit from the research include researchers on biodiversity and neotropical ecology, the U.S. Forest Service, the tropical horticulture industry, and APHIS/PPQ.

Technical Abstract: Many of the most primitive Neotropical bush katydids (Phaneropterinae) — including species of Cosmophyllum Blanchard, Stenophylla Brunner von Wattenwyl, Marenestha Brunner von Wattenwyl, Anisophya Karabag, Coryphoda Brunner von Wattenwyl, and Burgilis Stål — are endemic in Chile. The Chilean species Isophya schoenemanni Karsch is herein reassigned to the genus Anisophya. Two new species of Anisophya from Chile also are described. One of them is dimorphic in wing length. In 1986, APHIS/PPQ intercepted this species in a shipment of apples from Chile but is not likely to be a pest of apples or other pome fruits.