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Variegated grasshopper (Zonocerus variegatus).jpg
adult female
Variegated grasshopper (Zonocerus variegatus) nymph.jpg
both Zonocerus variegatus in Ghana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Superfamily: Pyrgomorphoidea
Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1874
Family: Pyrgomorphidae
Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1874

Pyrgomorphidae is a family of grasshoppers in the order Orthoptera commonly known as the gaudy grasshoppers.[1] It is the only family in the superfamily Pyrgomorphoidea, and contains 29 genera and at least 70 species and subspecies.[2]

Phymateus morbillosus. Male. Common milkweed locust photographed in thorn tree (African acacia sp.) at Sterkfontein
Mature and immature Dictyophorus spumans photographed in the Cedarberg in South Africa
Immature Dictyophorus spumans Cedarberg South Africa

Subfamilies and genera[edit]

Incomplete list of sub-families, tribes, genera and species:[3]


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  2. ^ "Pyrgomorphidae(Family)". BayScience Foundation, Inc. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
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  4. ^ a b c d "Orthoptera (Grasshoppers & Locusts)". Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
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