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Image #cld1610073
LocalityPapua, Indonesia
DescriptionPrimarily restricted to New Guinea, helmeted katydids (subfamily Phyllophorinae) are readily distinguished from others by the large shield-like process which extends over the front part of their body and is frequently armed on the sides with sharp spines. Also, in a family of insects which are famous for their ubiquitous calls, these katydids stand apart for the inability to sing. Lacking the typical sound-producing apparati of most katydids, the method by which females and males of these species are able to find each other at night in the tangled rainforest understory remains a mystery. 
Keywordsfauna | guinea | helmeted | insect | irian | jaya | katydid | new | orthoptera | tettigoniidae | west


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