Melanoplus macclungi Rehn, 1946:264

Macclung’s locust

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

 

 

Conservation Status

REPAD conservation status: overlooked

 

Melanoplus macclungi was formerly listed in the REPAD database as 'missing' (Harman, 2021), due to a lack of recent records and its listing as 'GH Possibly Extinct' by NatureServe which listed the species as endemic to Kansas. It has since been found to be rather widespread via both contemporary collecting and retrospective analysis of Melanoplus museum specimens and citizen science records (Harman, 2021). Having previously been "overlooked due to its strong association with cedars, where grasshopper collectors rarely survey, and its close resemblance to Melanoplus splendidus and M. punctulatus" (Alex Harman, pers. comm. 16 December 2020).

 

Distribution

Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma, USA (see Harman, 2021)

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

https://bugguide.net/node/view/1924641/bgpage

 

References

Original scientific description:

Rehn, J. A. G. (1946). On the punctulatus species-group of the genus Melanoplus (Orthoptera, Acrididae, Cyrtacanthacridinae), with the description of a new species from Kansas. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia XCVIII:241-269.

 

Other references:

Alex Harman [Harman, Alexander John], Masters Student at Oklahoma State University [at the time; now completed],  personal communication (email) dated 16 December 2020.

Harman, Alexander John. (2021). Updated distributions of Oklahoma grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) and notes on Melanoplus macclungi. Masters thesis (MSc), Oklahoma State University.

Otte, D. 1994-1995. Orthoptera Species File, Volumes 1-5. The Orthopterists' Society and The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.106582/Melanoplus_macclungi

 

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