According to Nathan Emery on Twitter, four new species of cicadas belonging to the genus Yoyetta have been described:
- Y. cumberlandi sp. nov.
- Y. fluviatilis sp. nov.
- Y. nigrimontana sp. nov.
- Y. repetens sp. nov.
See this paper for more information:
Emery, N.J., Emery, D.L., & Popple, L.W. (2015) A redescription of Yoyetta landsboroughi (Distant) and Y. tristrigata (Goding and Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) and description of four new related species. Zootaxa 3948 (3): 301–341.
It’s Winter in Australia but I have two cool pieces of Australian Cicada news for you.
First, Australian cicada expert and researcher Lindsay Popple has created a new website about the cicadas of Australia.
Also, he’s been placing cicada songs on SoundCloud as well:
Second, Samuel Orr has shared some video of cicadas from Australia and New Zealand on Vimeo. I believe this video will be part of the cicada documentary he is working on.
Australia and New Zealand Cicadas from motionkicker on Vimeo.
Update! L. W. Popple said on Twitter that cicada season will start in Australia in 1 or 2 weeks! Australia has 8 month long cicada season!