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short-tailed field cricket

Gryllus brevicaudus Weissman, Rentz, and Alexander 1980

12 s of calling song; male from Jasper Ridge, San Mateo County, Calif.; 27.0°C. Recording by D. B. Weissman (S92-44, R92-9); used by permission.
10 s of calling; from San Benito County, Calif.; 24.5°C. Recording by D.B. Weissman (S03-8, R03-8); used by permission.
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Sound spectrogram of 2 s of calling at 27.0°C (from D. B. Weissman's S92-44, R92-9). Dominant frequency 5.1 kHz.
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Sound spectrogram of 2 s of calling at 24.5°C (from D.B. Weissman's S03-8, R03-8). Dominant frequency -- kHz.
Song at 25°C: Weissman et al. (1980) described the song as having 3 to 6 pulses per chirp and averaging 150 chirps per minute at 25°C.
Identification: G. brevicaudus has jet-black body and legs, hindwings shorter than forewings, and an ovipositor shorter to slightly longer than the hind femur. Tegmina have a yellow tinge on the lateral field near the base (Weissman et al. 1980).
Remarks: As early as 1980 David B. Weissman began publishing the results of his field and laboratory studies of the Gryllus of the United States and Canada (Weissman et al. 1980). By 2003, David Gray had started his cooperation with Weissman by providing genetic analysis of the living Gryllus made available by Weissman's studies (e.g., Weissman, Walker, and Gray 2009). Weissman and Gray's results regarding the Gryllus of US and Canada are in ms and their target date for publication is May 2019. Their results will be made publicly available on SINA as soon as possible.
More information:
subfamily Gryllinae, genus Gryllus
Nomenclature: OSF (Orthoptera Species File Online)
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