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Acrida sp. (8416679933).jpg
Acrida sp.
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Oxyolena mucronata female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Family: Acrididae
Subfamily: Acridinae
Macleay, 1821

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The grasshopper subfamily Acridinae, sometimes called silent slant-faced grasshoppers[citation needed], belong of the large family Acrididae in the Orthoptera: Caelifera.


In appearance, the species are often similar to those of the subfamily Gomphocerinae, with whom they share a slanted face. However Acridinae differ from Gomphocerinae in that they lack stridulatory pegs on their hind legs and thus, as the common name suggests, do not make sounds. The antennae of this species is flattened and sword-like, a trait also shared with some gomphocerines and also with the spurthroated grasshoppers (subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae). They lack the posternal spine seen in the spurthroated grasshoppers and lubber grasshoppers (subfamily Romaleinae). Hind wings in this species range from nearly colorless to colorless.[1]

Tribes and genera[edit]

Zacompsa pedestris

The Orthoptera Species File lists the following:[2]


Auth.: MacLeay, 1821; distribution: widespread in warmer parts of the Old World & Australasia
(partial list):


Auth.: Yin, 1982; distribution: Africa, Europe, Indo-China; single genus:


Auth.: Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1893; distribution: Americas


Phlaeoba sp.

Auth.: Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1893


Auth.: Serville, 1838

Genera incertae sedis[edit]

Genera sometimes or formerly placed here[edit]


  1. ^ Capinera, John L; Scherer, Clay Whitney; Squitier, Jason (2002). Grasshoppers of Florida. University Press of Florida. p. 27. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  2. ^ Orthoptera Species File (retrieved 31 March 2010)
  3. ^ Orthoptera Species File

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