Paragryllina Desutter-Grandcolas, 1987

Cadena-Castañeda, Oscar J., Páez, Geraldine, Buitrago, Oscar, Quintana-Arias, Ronald Fernando & Tavares, Gustavo Costa, 2021, Studies of Neotropical crickets: New Paragryllina taxa (Orthoptera: Phalangopsidae) with comments on several previously described species, Zootaxa 5081 (1), pp. 60-76 : 62

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Paragryllina Desutter-Grandcolas, 1987


Subtribe Paragryllina Desutter-Grandcolas, 1987

Comments. The subtribe is differentiated mainly by the following characters: head globose, palps reduced; hind wings always present, truncated at apex, exceeding forewing; hind tibiae with three outer and three (or less) inner subapical spurs close to the tibia apex; male epiproctus ornamented or not; female ovipositor curved and elongated. The male genitalia can be tubular, with the pseudepiphallic sclerite elongated, subdivided, and curved upward; or with a simpler structure, endophallic sclerite in the shape of an inverted V without being noticeably prolonged. Among other characters that it shares with other members of the subtribe: the mirror and harp with numerous veins dividing it, the shape of the distal part of ovipositor, which is slightly thickened, acute at the apex, with distinctly widened (high) subapical part of upper valves and well exposed apical part of lower valves in profile.

In all variation in the taxonomic rank of the Paragryllidae /inae/ini classification, we propose that three groups should be revalidated from the Desutter-Grandcolas’ classification (1987, 1988, 1990), originally described as subfamilies or tribes of Paragryllidae . However, we suggest they be treated as generic groups for now: Paragryllae Desutter-Grandcolas, 1987 n. stat., Rumeae Desutter-Grandcolas, 1988 n. stat. and Benoistellae Desutter-Grandcolas, 1987 n. stat. These three groups are well defined and have characteristics that clearly and precisely differentiate them, especially characteristics of the male genitalia. If the classification changes, eventually, these groups could be treated as subtribes. The genera are grouped as follows the next key.