Wednesday, June 24, 2020

[Entomology • 2020] Neophisis (Indophisis) montealegrei • Taxonomy and Bioacoustics of Meconematinae (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) from Laguna, Luzon, Philippines

Neophisis (Indophisis) montealegrei 
Tan, Jin, Baroga-Barbecho & Yap, 2020

Katydids from the subfamily Meconematinae sing at ultrasonic frequencies. Owing that many of them are nocturnal, elusive and low in abundance (since they are predatory), there is a dearth of information on these katydids and their bioacoustics, especially for species in the understudied yet mega-diverse Southeast Asia. Recent orthopteran surveys in Laguna, Luzon Island in the Philippines led to the discovery of two interesting Meconematinae katydids. Based on the collection, we describe a new species of Phisidini: Neophisis (Indophisis) montealegrei sp. nov. We also describe the male for the first time and redescribe the female of Asiophlugis philippina. The ultrasonic calling songs of both Meconematinae are also recorded, analysed and described here.

Keywords: Orthoptera, Asiophlugis, new species, Phisidini, Southeast Asia, stridulation, ultrasonic frequencies

Neophisis (Indophisis) montealegrei new species

Etymology. This species is named after a renowned Orthopterist, Fernando Montealegre-Zapata, who has made immense contribution to the bioacoustics of katydids.

 Ming Kai Tan, Xing-Bao Jin, Jessica B. Baroga-Barbecho and Sheryl A Yap. 2020. Taxonomy and Bioacoustics of Meconematinae (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) from Laguna (Philippines: Luzon). Zootaxa. 4732(4); 527–544. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4732.4.2