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Desert locust
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Infraorder: Acrididea
Superfamily: Acridoidea
Family: Acrididae
Subfamily: Cyrtacanthacridinae
Kirby, 1902[1]

The Cyrtacanthacridinae are a subfamily of Orthoptera: Caelifera in the family Acrididae. They are sometimes referred-to as bird locusts,[2] criquets voyageurs in French-speaking Africa,[3] and Knarrschrecken in German. It includes species of locusts: that undergo phase polymorphism and are among the most important pests of sub-Saharan Africa;[4] they include the desert locust and the red locust,[3] with the related Nomadacris succincta in Asia. One of the characteristics of members of this subfamily is the prominent peg between the fore-legs: hence the name for the Australian Spur-throated locust.


The following genera have been included.[5]



  1. ^ Kirby WF (1902) List of Orthoptera from Uganda. The Uganda Protectorate, vol. 1, 467–468.
  2. ^ Orthoptera species file: Cyrtacanthacridinae
  3. ^ a b Bellman, Heiko; Luquet, Gérard (2009). Le guide des sauterelles, grillons et criquets d'Europe occidentale (collection: Les guides du naturaliste). Paris: Delachaux and Niestlé. p. 383. ISBN 978-2-6030-1564-3.
  4. ^ Song, Hojun; Wenzel, John W. (2008). "Phylogeny of bird‐grasshopper subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae (Orthoptera: Acrididae) and the evolution of locust phase polyphenism". Cladistics. 24 (4): 515–542. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2007.00190.x.
  5. ^ NCBI: Cyrtacanthacridinae (accessed 1 April 2010)

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