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Volume 6, Issue 4


Volume 10 (2015)

Biology of Tetrix bolivari (Orthoptera: Tetrigidae)

Petr Kočárek / Jaroslav Holuša
  • Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, CZ-165 21, Praha 6-Suchdol, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2011-05-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11535-011-0023-y


The ecological requirements and biology of the Tetrigidae are almost unknown. The aim of the present work is to contribute to the knowledge of Tetrix bolivari, one of the least studied species of European Tetrigidae, by investigating its seasonal and daily activity, food biology, and vibratory communication. Adults of T. bolivari were found from March to September, with the greatest number of detections occurring between May and August. Based on the study of the daily activity patterns, most activities were positively correlated with temperature and negatively correlated with relative humidity. Detritus and mosses were the main components of the diet, with the most frequently consumed mosses being Bryum caespiticium and Bryum argenteum. Substrate-borne vibrational signals used in communication of T. bolivari are described here in detail for the first time. We distinguished four structural types of vibrational signals produced by males, including the signal produced by wing tremulation.

Keywords: Distribution; Daily activity; Food biology; Communication; Vibration; Bioacoustics; Central Europe

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Citation Information: Open Life Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 4, Pages 531–544, ISSN (Online) 2391-5412, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11535-011-0023-y.

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