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Porphyromma speciosa MHNT.jpg
Porphyromma speciosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Superfamily: Tettigonioidea
Family: Tettigoniidae
Subfamily: Pseudophyllinae
Burmeister, 1840

19, and see text

The true katydid subfamily Pseudophyllinae contains numerous species of Tettigoniidae (katydids or bush crickets). Like the other crickets of suborder Ensifera, it is part of the insect order Orthoptera which also contains e.g. grasshoppers and locusts.

Members of the group are noted for their remarkable camouflage. They closely resemble dried leaves, including veins, various blotches and even bite marks.[1]


Due to the massive diversity of this subfamily, it is not unequivocally delimited versus its relatives yet. Some additional genera, such as Phricta of the Mecopodinae, are sometimes placed here.

The Pseudophyllinae are commonly subdivided into 19 tribes as well as numerous genera of unclear relations. Some notable genera and species are also listed:


  1. ^ Grimaldi, David; Engel, Michael S. (2005). "Orthoptera: the crickets, katydids, grasshoppers, wetas, and kin". Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 202–211. ISBN 0521821495. 

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