robust bush cricket
Tafalisca eleuthera Otte & Perez-Gelabert 2009

mating pair

Identification:  Length 22–35 mm. Foretibia without tympanum; male forewings lacking stridulatory modifications. Hindtibia stout; combined length of hindtibia and first tarsal segment no greater than length of hindfemur. Hindwings slightly longer than forewings.

Habitat:  Red and white mangroves; more rarely on other coastal vegetation and inland on undergrowth in subtropical hammocks.

Season:  Probably year-round (no Feb. or March records).

Song:  Mute.

Similar species:  None.

Remarks:  These crickets are most easily collected by examining appropriate foliage with a light at night. They may spend daylight hours in tunnels gnawed into soft wood. A caged specimen burrowed into a cork and retreated inside during the days, expertly coiling its antennae so that they did not protrude from the entrance. Short hind tibiae are typical of tunnel-inhabiting crickets.

More information:  subfamily Eneopterinae

Reference:  Otte & Perez-Gelabert 2009.

Nomenclature:  OSF (Orthoptera Species File Online). This species was formerly misidentified on SINA as Tafalisca lurida F. Walker, but Otte & Perez, in their 2009 monograph Caribbean Crickets made it evident that Florida Tafalisca are definitely not lurida and are, most likely, eleuthera.