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Garden locust (Acanthacris ruficornis).jpg
A. ruficornis in Ghana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Family: Acrididae
Genus: Acanthacris
Uvarov, 1924
Acanthacris ruficornis Garden Locust nymph. Lateral aspect, sitting on glass window. The brown colour only develops at the final ecdysis.
Acanthacris ruficornis Garden Locust nymph. Ventral aspect, sitting on glass window

Acanthacris is a genus of African grasshoppers. It contains the following species:[1]

Genus Acanthacris belongs to subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae (W.F. Kirby, 1902),[2] of locusts (Acrididae), which belongs to the same order (Orthoptera) as crickets (Gryllidae), katydids (Tettigoniidae), and other grasshoppers.


  1. ^ Mungai, M(ichael), The African grasshopper genus Acanthacris (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Cyrtacanthacridinae), Journal of Natural History, Volume 21, Number 4, July–August 1987; pp. 807-823 (17)
  2. ^ Brands, S.J. (comp.), 1989-present. The Taxonomicon. Universal Taxonomic Services, Zwaag, The Netherlands; accessdate Feb. 6, 2012,