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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Neotridactylus apicialis is one weird looking grasshopper from the family Tridactylidae. Not much information is available on these guys, but their morphology suggests they spend a significant amount of time under ground. And they must be larger than Neotridactylis archboldi, the plain old pygmy mole grasshoppers. N. apicialis appear to have converged on a similar morphology as the Mole Crickets. The genus Ellipes is a close relative which I recently found on the sandy banks of a medium sized stream- their standard habitat. Amazingly tiny, they were still accomplished jumpers.