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Superregnum: Eukaryota
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: Caelifera
Infraordo: Acrididea
Superfamilia: Acridoidea

Familia: Romaleidae
Genus: Taeniopoda


Primary references

Hebard, M. 1924: A revision of the genus Taeniopoda (Orthoptera, Acrididae, Cyrtacanthacrinae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 50(4): 253–274. JSTOR

Taeniopoda is a genus of horse lubbers in the family Romaleidae. There are about 12 described species in Taeniopoda.[1][2][3][4] In Costa Rica is more often seen from early June to July at its nymphal stage to fully matured, crawling around the banana plantations on the Caribbean slope.
Taeniopoda reticulata


These 12 species belong to the genus Taeniopoda:

Taeniopoda auricornis (Walker, 1870)
Taeniopoda bicristata Bruner, 1907
Taeniopoda centurio (Drury, 1770)
Taeniopoda citricornis Bruner, 1907
Taeniopoda eques (Burmeister, 1838) (horse lubber)
Taeniopoda gutturosa Bolívar, 1901
Taeniopoda obscura Bruner, 1907
Taeniopoda picticornis (Walker, 1870)
Taeniopoda reticulata (Fabricius, 1781)
Taeniopoda stali Bruner, 1907
Taeniopoda tamaulipensis Rehn, 1904
Taeniopoda varipennis Rehn, 1905


This purple grasshopper has red antennas the whole size is about 2 inches long. It has black stripes leave like pattern on wings coverings, legs and body. A bright crimson red on wings is displayed, it has eyed like pattern when both wings are opened on flight as a defense mechanism.

"Taeniopoda Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
"Taeniopoda". GBIF. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
"Taeniopoda genus Information". Retrieved 2019-12-25.

Otte, Daniel; Cigliano, Maria Marta; Braun, Holger; Eades, David C. (2019). "genus Taeniopoda Stal, 1873". Orthoptera species file online, Version 5.0. Retrieved 2019-10-16.

Further reading

Capinera, J. L; Scott, R. D.; Walker, T. J. (2004). Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-8948-8.

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