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American Bird Grasshopper.jpg
Schistocerca americana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Family: Acrididae
Genus: Schistocerca
Stål, 1873

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Schistocerca, commonly called bird grasshoppers, is a genus of grasshoppers, many of which swarm as locusts. The best known species is probably the desert locust (S. gregaria). There are around 50 other species.[1]

Species include:[2]


  1. ^ Lovejoy, N. R. et al. (2006). "Ancient trans-Atlantic flight explains locust biogeography: molecular phylogenetics of Schistocerca". Proc Biol Sci 273 (1588): 767–774. doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3381. PMC 1560218. PMID 16618668. 
  2. ^ Schistocerca - Bird Grasshoppers, BugGuide

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