Special Issue "Evolution, Systematics, and Conservation of Orthoptera"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 389

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Special Issue Editor

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Division of Zoology, Evolution Lab, Rooseveltov trg 6, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: fieldwork; nomenclature; Orthoptera evolution, taxonomy, and conservation with special emphasis on Tetrigidae; faunistics; early evolution of eukaryotes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The order Orthoptera gathers grasshoppers (Acridoidea), true crickets (Grylloidea), bush-crickets, camel crickets and their relatives (Tettigoniidea), groundhoppers (Tetrigoidea), mole crickets (Gryllotalpoidea), false mole crickets (Tridactyloidea), and many more extant and extinct wonderful critters. With almost 30,000 described species, Orthoptera is one of the largest Insect orders and also stands among the largest orders within the living kingdom in general.

Despite the centuries-long tradition of this research, the evolution and taxonomy of these interesting critters are not fully understood yet, and new families, subfamilies, and tribes are being established all the time, not to mention the number of new species on weekly basis. Many species will become extinct before they are discovered and named, so a lot of effort is in front of us to conserve what is left. With new advances in phylogenetic methods, new problems are faced in all the fields of zoology, and orthopterology is no exception. New lineages are being discovered and it has never been easier to find refugia, ancestral variability, or hybrid zones.

Unlike in other groups, grasshoppers and crickets sing, either by rubbing their wings, by rubbing the hind femur and wing, or by knocking with the abdomen. Different mechanisms of song production are known, and different types of songs have been reported for many species, including calling songs, courtship songs, and rivalry songs. The bioacoustics of Orthoptera are hence one extraordinarily fruitful field where, with new methods of scanning and song recording, the most wonderful phenomena are being discovered.

For the Special Issue entitled “Evolution, Systematics, and Conservation of Orthoptera”, we invite manuscripts that will contribute to the understanding of the evolutionary past and present of this interesting group. Invited are all the studies dealing with Orthoptera, but also ones dealing with their extant and extinct polyneopteran relatives, including Mantodea, Phasmida, Blattodea, Dermaptera, Embioptera, Notoptera, and Zoraptera. Additionally, all studies dealing with phylogeny, bioacoustics, diversity, biogeography, and threats to Orthoptera and their relatives are welcome.

Dr. Josip Skejo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • grasshoppers and crickets
  • bioacoustics
  • taxonomy and nomenclature
  • island biogeography
  • genetic diversity
  • threatened fauna

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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