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Coryphistes ruricola.jpg
Bark Mimicking Grasshopper, Coryphistes ruricola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Superfamily: Acridoidea
Family: Acrididae
MacLeay, 1819

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Acridiidae MacLeay 1821

The Acrididae are the predominant family of grasshoppers, comprising some 10,000 of the 11,000 species of the entire suborder Caelifera. The Acrididae are best known because all locusts (swarming grasshoppers) are of the Acrididae. The subfamily Oedipodinae is sometimes classified as a distinct family Oedipodidae in the superfamily Acridoidea. Acrididae grasshoppers are characterized by relatively short and stout antennae, and tympana on the side of the first abdominal segment.

Subfamilies and selected genera[edit]

Egyptian grasshopper (Anacridium aegyptum, Cyrtacanthacridinae)
Adult female (left) and male Oxya yezoensis (Oxyinae: Oxyini)
hooded grasshopper (Teratodus monticollis)