Monday, 21 April 2014
A Thing of Beauty
Of interest to a limited number of readers is a recent proposed name change to the classification of katydids. Formerly the family to which this and the greater majority of katydids belong is the Tettigoniidae. This family has been divided into many subfamilies and from time to time these subfamilies have been raised to family status. In general, these escalations have been ignored by taxonomists.
This katydid is a member of the subfamily Phaneropterinae and has been once again elevated to family status, now the Phaneropteridae. This changes the status of hundreds of genera. This change was based on a suite of morphological characters borne on extant and fossil species and DNA analysis. Four subfamilies are included in the new Phaneropteridae: Mecopodinae, Phyllophorinae, Pseudophyllinae and the Phaneropterinae. Only time will tell if taxonomists accept these changes but the evidence seems overwhelming at this point.