Eupholidoptera icariensis Willemse, 1980 ♀
With thanks to Luc Willemse for the ID.
Arethousa, IKARIA ● Greece
Description: The genus Eupholidoptera includes 47 Mediterranean species distributed from Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel to Greece, Italy and southern France.
Morphologically, the species of Eupholidoptera are rather uniform and identification can be difficult. In particular, females of most species are very alike those of the type species and in some cases almost impossible to distinguish. Morphological identification has been mostly done by examining male abdominal terminalia (Karabağ, 1961; Willemse, 1980; Ünal & Naskrecki, 2002; Ünal, 2006) but female terminalia are also valuable and have been used in their taxonomy (Ramme, 1930, 1951; Bey-Bienko, 1967; Harz, 1969; Adamovic, 1972; Salman, 1983; Tilmans, 2002).
This species differs from E. prasina as follows: the hind margin of the last abdominal tergite is narrowly and not deeply incised medially, the cercus is slightly longer, the epiphallus is small, the fused part is cylindrical without plate-like lateral expansions, the extending apical parts are robust and V-like, diverging apically. The hind femur has few transverse dorso-basal stripes, a dorsal spot halfway its length and black apex.
Distribution: Endemic species on the Aegean island of Ikaria (Greece).
F. Willemse, 1980. Classification and Distribution of the species of Eupholidoptera Ramme of Greece (Orthoptera, Tettigonioidea, Decticinae), Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 123:62-63.
M. Mofidi-Neyestanaki & D.L.J. Quicke, 2007. Eupholidoptera karatolosi sp.n. and E. mirzayani sp.n. (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae), two new bushcrickets from Greece and Iran, Zootaxa 1562: 43–53.