Ornebius pullus Ingrisch, 2006

Tan, Ming Kai, Japir, Razy, Chung, Arthur Y. C., Wahab, Rodzay Bin Haji Abdul & Robillard, Tony, 2022, Taxonomy and bioacoustics of scaly crickets (Orthoptera, Mogoplistidae Mogoplistinae) from Borneo and Singapore, Zootaxa 5213 (2), pp. 177-189 : 182-185

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Ornebius pullus Ingrisch, 2006


Ornebius pullus Ingrisch, 2006 View in CoL

( Figs 1B View FIGURE 1 , 4 View FIGURE 4 , 5 View FIGURE 5 )

Ornebius pullus Ingrisch, 2006: 157 View in CoL

Ornebius pullus View in CoL — He et al. 2021: 88 [assigning to species group Ornebius View in CoL (flori) Ingrisch, 1998]; Tan et al. 2021: 416 View Cited Treatment [notes on new locality and variations with Singapore specimens]; Tan et al. under review [calling songs from Singapore]

Ornebius cf. pullus View in CoL — Tan 2012: 34; Tan & Ingrisch 2013: 25 View Cited Treatment ; Tan 2017: 55; Tan 2019: 335

Specimens examined. EAST MALAYSIA • 1♂; Sabah State, Tabin Wildlife Reserve ; N5.19496, E118.50326, 117.1± 10.3 m.a.s.l.; 15 May 2022, 22h17; on the branch of a small tree; coll. M.K. Tan, T. Robillard & R. Japir; SBH.22.95 ( FRC) GoogleMaps

Remarks. The specimen collected from Sabah exhibits some differences with O. pullus collected from Belait ( Brunei Darussalam) and Singapore: legs with more whitish marmoration, supra-anal plate whitish when alive. However, we could not identify clear-cut differences in the genitalia, including both the sclerotized median valve and the membranous lateral valves between the specimen from Sabah and those from Brunei Darussalam ( Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5 ). As Tan et al. (2021) have also suggested that there might be a polymorphic species and that more evidence was needed (e.g., DNA or acoustics) to better understand the species boundaries. At the moment, the external morphology and genitalia morphology are not congruent between specimens from Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and Sabah; we also do not have acoustic data for the Brunei population; and no molecular data are available.

Furthermore, the specimen from Sabah also shares some similarities (but also with clear differences) in the external morphology of Ornebius minusculus ( Chopard, 1929) from Sipura Island (Sumatra) (http://coldb.mnhn.fr/ catalognumber/mnhn/eo/ensif4531), although the genitalia for this species has not been examined. As such, without more specimens from Sabah to examine variations, we refrained from describing it as a new species, tentatively identified it as O. pullus and preferred to revise its taxonomy when the chance arises.

Distribution. Brunei Darussalam (Belait and Brunei-Muara Districts), East Malaysia (Sabah State) [new locality record], Singapore.

Type locality. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, Brunei-Muara District , near bridge over river Sungai Lubang Barus on road coming from Tutong .

Calling song (1 ♂, in captivity, 31.5°C) ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 ). The calling song generally consists of a sequence of syllables (= pulses), which can be highly variable in duration (2–14 s or 4–25 syllables). The average syllable duration is 37.5±5.0 ms (31.0–46.0 ms) and the average interval between consecutive syllables is 501.2±20.4 ms (469.3–538.4 ms). The dominant frequency is 7.97±0.13 kHz (7.78–8.16 kHz).

Compared to the calling song of Ornebius pullus from Singapore (see Tan et al., under review), the calling song of this specimen from Sabah has a similar call structure (i.e., the calls of both species are made up of a sequence of syllables). The biggest difference is in the interval between consecutive syllables being distinctly longer (501.2 ms vs. 400.0 ms) than that from Singapore. The syllable is only marginally longer in duration on average (37.5 ms vs. 32.4 ms) and the dominant frequency is not different (8.0 kHz vs. 8.1 kHz).


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Ornebius pullus Ingrisch, 2006

Tan, Ming Kai, Japir, Razy, Chung, Arthur Y. C., Wahab, Rodzay Bin Haji Abdul & Robillard, Tony 2022

Ornebius pullus

He, Z. & Ma, G. E. & Long, J. & Wang, Y. & Zhang, T. & Ma, L. 2021: 88
Tan, M. K. & Japir, R. & Chung, A. Y. C. & Wahab, R. A. 2021: 416

Ornebius cf. pullus

Tan, M. K. 2017: 55
Tan, M. K. & Ingrisch, S. 2013: 25

Ornebius pullus

Ingrisch, S. 2006: 157
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