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Hooded Grasshopper Teratodes monticollis.jpg
Teratodes monticollis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Infraorder: Acrididea
Superfamily: Acridoidea
MacLeay, 1819

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Acridoidea is a superfamily in the order Orthoptera, that includes many of the grasshoppers (and which includes most locusts). Respected entomologist A. W. Leftwich's defines Acridoidea as "short-horned grasshoppers and locusts: one of the four super-families of Orthoptera. Hemimetabolous straight-winged insects with biting mouth-parts and having the head bent at right angles to the body. The forewings are generally horny and thickened to form tegmina; the femora of the hind-legs are lengthened for jumping."[1]


The following families are recognised:[2]


  1. ^ W., Leftwich, A. (1976). A dictionary of entomology. London: Constable. ISBN 0844809837. OCLC 2042936. 
  2. ^ David C. Eades; Daniel Otte. Taxa display: superfamily Acridoidea in Orthoptera Species File Online. Version 2.0/3.5.

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