Morphology and Morphometrics of Diotarus verrucifer (Stål, 1877), a Pygmy Grasshopper Endemic to Mindanao

Alma B. Mohagan1,2, Romeo R. Patano Jr.1,2*, Emmanuel P. Leaño1,2,
Merced G. Melencion1,2, Fulgent P. Coritico1,2, and Victor B. Amoroso1,2

1Center for Biodiversity Research and Extension in Mindanao
2Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon 8710 Philippines

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Diotarus Stål, 1887 (Tetrigidae: Cladonotinae) is a genus of pygmy grasshoppers with four species, all of which are inhabiting the Philippines with one species known also from Sulawesi. Diotarus verrucifer Stål, 1877 was originally described from Semper’s collection and from an unknown location from the Philippines. The species has been reported once since the description by Gůnther in 1938. In this study, we report species diagnostic characteristics and describe its natural habitat. The brief morphological description and, more importantly, the updated distribution map are firsts for this species. The species is similar to Diotarus galeatus and is still not clear if they represent separate species. We present detailed measurements of our specimens in order to make comparison in the future possible.




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