Research project: A review of the genera of Australian cicadas


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  • Current: nil. Previous: Australian Postgraduate Research Award, Joyce Vickery Research Award, Norman Scott Noble Award, Ok Tedi Mining Limited


There are more than 240 described Australian species of cicadas. Many Australian cicada genera were described more than 100 years ago. Most have been poorly defined and poorly documented. This project aims at addressing this problem. Furthermore, many species have been placed incorrectly, primarily in European genera dating from the 1800s or early 1900s. These genera are no longer applicable to the Australian fauna. Molecular evidence has also highlighted discrepancies in generic placement. Consequently, some 35 new genera will be described. Images of key structures will be included for all genera, including male genitalia, wing venation and body form. In all, some 550 figures will be provided. An illustrated key to genera will also be included.

Dr Max Moulds , Senior Research Fellow
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