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For the avian genus Ensifera, see Sword-billed hummingbird.
Temporal range: Carboniferous - Recent 395–0Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Superfamilies and families

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Ensifera is a suborder of the order Orthoptera, comprising insects commonly known as crickets (or bush crickets) and katydids. The other suborder is the Caelifera, the grasshoppers.

"Ensifer" means "sword bearer" in Latin, and refers to the typically elongated and blade-like ovipositor of the females. In December 2005 the Orthopterists' Society released an extensively revised classification of the suborder.


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