Dinopedia
Advertisement
Electrotettix
Electrotettix attenboroughi
A Electrotettix attenboroughi preserved in amber
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Superfamily: Tetrigoidea
Family: Tetrigidae
Subfamily: Cladonotinae
Genus: Electrotettix
Heads, Thomas, & Wang, 2014
Species: E. attenboroughi
Binomial name
Electrotettix attenboroughi
Heads, Thomas, & Wang, 2014

Electrotettix is an extinct genus of pygmy locust found in amber collected in the Dominican Republic. Represented by a single species, Electrotettix attenboroughi, which lived 18-20 million years ago, it fed primarily on moss, fungi, and algae. The genus name is derived from electrum, Latin for "amber", and Greek tettix, meaning "grasshopper". The species was named after Sir David Attenborough. The female measures 8 millimeters in length: the male is unknown. The species is distinguished from modern members of the Cladonotinae subfamily by the fact that it retains vestigial wings, a feature lost somewhere between the ancient specimens and more modern species. Electrotettix attenboroughi was identified from a collection of amber at the Illinois Natural History Survey, which had been stored in a cabinet under a sink since it was collected in the 1950s by entomologist Milton Sanderson.

References[]

  1. https://entomologytoday.org/2014/07/30/new-pygmy-locust-discovered-in-ancient-amber-named-after-david-attenborough/
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20140801063132/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11000608/20-million-year-old-grasshopper-named-after-David-Attenborough.html
  3. https://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=3861
  4. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/07/30/new-cricket-discovered-in-long-neglected-amber-collection/
Advertisement