Leptogryllus deceptor   (Perkins)


 
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Oahu Deceptor Bush Cricket
(Leptogryllus deceptor)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: O'ahu

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
This rather enigmatic species was described in the year 1910 from the hawaiian island of O'ahu.

The whole genus seems to be only barely known and little investigated. But it is known, that related species (Leptogryllus fusconotatus from O'ahu, Leptogryllus nigrolineatus from Maui) live at the leaf bases of leaves of the Freycinetia liana (Freycinetia arborea). Several other species then again seem to be inhabitants of the leaf litter of the forest floor.

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In the official international Red List the species is considered extinct in the wild. Its name can be found furthermore  in the Internet in several lists, which deal with animals that are extinct in the wild, but are kept in zoos for the purpose of species conservation. Most often these lists are copies of copies of ....

However at least In the case of the Oahu Deceptor Bush Cricket this seems to be an error. This species is obviously not kept in any zoo and therefore must indeed be regarded as truly extinct.
(pers. comm. P. Maas & Ph. D. K. C. Zippel (Amphibian Program Officer of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG)))

 
 
above:

short description of the species


Extract from 'Fauna Hawaiiensis; being the land-fauna of the Hawaiian islands. by various authors, 1899-1913. Cambridge [Eng.]: The University press, 1913.

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left:

Metanotum of the male of the Black-striped Bush Cricket (Leptogryllus nigrolineatus), a close relative of the Oahu Deceptor Bush Cricket.


Depiction from 'Morgan Hebard: The Dermaptera and Orthoptera of Hawaii. Occasional papers of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Honolulu, Bishop Museum Press, 7(14) (1922)'

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References:

- Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society. Hawaiian Entomological Society, 1(2): 50 (1906)