Female Phisis, from Pestnet.

Belongs within: Tettigonioidea.

The Listroscelidinae are a group of carnivorous katydids that are most diverse in the South American tropics and the Indo-Malayan region. They are distinguished by a series of long, curved spines on the fore tibiae that may be used in capturing prey (Rentz 1996).

Characters (from Rentz 1996): Fastigium of vertex narrow, strongly laterally compressed, its greatest width usually less than that of first antennal segment, and scarcely projected above same and usually sulcate. Fore tibia usually bearing 5-7 long, movable, outwardly bowed, opposing spines, the longest of which is often as long or longer than the combined lengths of the first two tarsal segments.

|--Phisis rapaxK14
|--Beiericolya tardipesR96
|--P. chopardiR96
|--P. listeri (Kirby 1889) [=Phisis listeri]JG19
`--P. tryonensisR96

Listroscelidinae incertae sedis:
Requena verticalisR96
|--*T. horridus [=Hexacentrus horridus]R96
`--T. splendidusR96
Chlorobalius leucoviridisR96
|--P. abnormisR18
|--P. chelifera Rehn 1918R18
`--P. marginata (Redtenbacher 1891) [=Thysdrus marginatus]R18
Phlugiola redtenbacheri Karny 1911R18
Neobarrettia vanniferaBM76, I92
Yorkiella pictaK74

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BM76] Bohart, R. M. & A. S. Menke. 1976. Sphecid Wasps of the World. University of California Press: Berkeley.

[FD01] Field, L. H., & N. A. Deans. 2001. Sexual selection and secondary sexual characters of wetas and king crickets. In: Field, L. H. (ed.) The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and Their Allies pp. 179–204. CABI Publishing: Wallingford (UK).

[I92] Imes, R. 1992. The Practical Entomologist. Aurum Press: London.

[JG19] James, D. J., P. T. Green, W. F. Humphreys & J. C. Z. Woinarski. 2019. Endemic species of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Records of the Western Australian Museum 34 (2): 55–114.

[K14] Karny, H. 1914. Conocephalidae Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In: Sarasin, F., & J. Roux (eds) Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1 pt 4 pp. 447–449. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[K74] Key, K. H. L. 1974. Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, crickets). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers. Supplement 1974 pp. 45–47. Melbourne University Press.

[R18] Rehn, J. A. G. 1918. On a collection of Orthoptera from the State of Pará, Brazil. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 70: 144–236, pls 1–2.

[R96] Rentz, D. 1996. Grasshopper Country: The abundant orthopteroid insects of Australia. University of New South Wales Press: Sydney.

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