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Peripodisma llofizii

Michèle Lemmonier-Darcemont

Rediscovery of the ghost bush-cricket

Roy Kleukers - 19 February 2016
Male of Roeseliana oporina. Photo Mario García-París.
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Roeseliana oporina was described from Central Spain by Bolivar in 1887. Later there was confusion and discussion about the type-locality, type-specimens and collector and subsequently the name was ignored by European orthopterists. Recently a small population of this taxon was found near the type-locality in the province of Cuenca. Roeseliana oporina proves to be a distinct species. It seems to be severly endangered, because of the limited distribution and changing landscape. The authors have suggested ghost bush-cricket as the vernacular name for this species, because it has remained ignored for more than 100 years.


Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, J. & M. García-París 2016. Rediscovery of the ghost bush-cricket Roeseliana oporina (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) in Central Spain. Journal of Insect Conservation. DOI 10.1007/s10841-016-9846-1.