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Schizodactylus monstrosus from South India in Saint Petersburg Zoological Museum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Superfamily: Schizodactyloidea
Family: Schizodactylidae
Karny, 1927

Schizodactylidae is a family of orthopteran insects found in Asia and Africa, known as dune crickets or splay-footed crickets. They are usually found in desert and sandy areas. Some species are predatory, including Schizodactylus inexpectatus. Detailed study has been investigated for one of the member of Schizodactylidae, S. inexpectatus, by G.Aydin. [1]T. B. Fletcher notes that one individual did not feed on any vegetable matter.[2]

Two subfamilies are included

  • Comicinae (about 9 species)[3]
    • Comicus arenarius Ramme, 1931
    • Comicus cabonegrus Irish, 1986
    • Comicus calaharicus Irish, 1986
    • Comicus calcaris Irish, 1986
    • Comicus campestris Irish, 1986
    • Comicus capensis Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1888
    • Comicus carnalli Irish, 1995
    • Comicus cavillorus Irish, 1986
  • Schizodactylinae (about 7 species)[3]


  1. ^ "The Biology, Nymphal Stages, and Life Habits of the Endemic Sand Dune Cricket Schizodactylus inexpectatus (Werner, 1901) (Orthoptera: Schizodactylidae)" (PDF). Turk. J. Zool. 32: 427–432. 2008. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, T. B. (1914) Some South Indian Insects. By Superintendent Government Press, Madras.
  3. ^ a b Otte, D. 2000. Orthoptera Species File 8:39

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