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Meconema meridionale (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Ordo: Orthoptera
Subordo: Ensifera
Infraordo: Tettigoniidea
Superfamilia: Tettigonioidea

Familia: Tettigoniidae
Subfamilia: Meconematinae
Tribus: Meconematini
Genus: Meconema
Species: Meconema meridionale
Meconema thalassinum (Achille Costa, 1860)

Meconema meridionale is an insect in the family Tettigoniidae, known as the southern oak bush cricket.[2]

It commonly measures 14 to 17 mm in length (not including antennae) and is carnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal.[3] It has a more southerly distribution than its relative, Meconema thalassinum, being found in southern France, southwestern Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the former Yugoslavia[4] and, since 2001, the United Kingdom.[5] It is a predator of the horse-chestnut leaf miner, Cameraria ohridella.[6]

It is considered a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List as it is "widespread and common, and the population size is very large".[1]


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G. Grabenweger; P. Kehrli; B. Schlick-Steiner; F. Steiner; M. Stolz; S. Bacher (2005). "Predator complex of the horse chestnut leafminer Cameraria ohridella: identification and impact assessment" (PDF). Journal of Applied Entomology. 129 (7): 353–362. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0418.2005.00973.x. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-09-02.

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