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Balkan Psorodonotus unraveled

Roy Kleukers - 28 March 2015
Psorodonotus macedonicus, male. 

On the Balkan three taxa of Psorodonotus occur on the Balkan: fieberi, illyricus and macedonicus. These were mostly placed as subspecies of P. fieberi. A new thorough study has now shown that they should be treated as separate species. The authors have combined morphological, bioacoustic and DNA data to underpin these conclusion.

Source: 

Kaya, S., D.P. Chobanov, J. Skejo, K.-G. Heller & B. Çıplak 2015. The Balkan Psorodonotus (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae): Testing the existing taxa confirmed presence of three distinct species. European Journal of Entomology 112(3): 1-17. doi: 10.14411/eje.2015.050