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Subfamily Mogoplistinae

scaly crickets

link to keys Key to families and subfamilies of crickets.
link to keys Key to genera of scaly crickets (Mogoplistinae).

To view distribution maps and photographs and hear the songs of North American scaly crickets go to the list of species and access the species pages, which are under development.

To identify most North American species of scaly crickets, see Love & Walker 1979 (below).


Blatchley WS. 1920. Orthoptera of northeastern America. Indianapolis, IN: Nature Publishing. 784 p. Gryllidae (pp. 662-670). (The introductory pages to Blatchley's book are accessible on SINA's home page.)

Dambach M, Gras A. 1995. Bioacoustics of a miniature cricket, Cycloptiloides canariensis (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Mogoplistinae). J. Exp. Biol. 198: 721-728.

Hebard M. 1931. The Mogoplistinae (Orthoptera, Gryllidae) of the United States. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 57: 135-160.

Love RE, Walker TJ. 1979. Systematics and acoustic behavior of scaly crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Mogoplistinae) of eastern United States. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 105: 1-66.

Mesa A, Garcia-Novo P, dos Santos D. 2002. X1X2O (male)—X1X1X2X2 (female) chromosomal sex determining mechanism in the cricket Cicloptyloides americanus (Orthoptera, Grylloidea, Mogoplistidae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 11(1): 87-90.

Michel K. 1979. A new type of cricket ear: construction and ultrastructure of the tympanic organ of Cycloptiloides canariensis (Bolivar) (Mogoplistinae Gryllidae). Zool. Anz. 203: 139-150.

Rehn JAG, Hebard M. 1912. A revision of the genera and species of the group Mogoplistii (Orthoptera: Gryllidae) found in North America north of the Isthmus of Panama. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phil. 1912: 184-234.

Strohecker HF. 1939. Distributional and taxonomic notes on southeastern Dermaptera and Orthoptera and a new species of Cycloptilum (Gryllidae). Can. Entomol. 71: 169-175. [Cycloptilum spectabile]

Yang J-T, Yen F-S. 2001. Morphology and character evaluation of scales in scaly crickets (Orthoptera: Grylloidea: Mogoplistidae). Zool. Studies 40: 247-253.