Pygmy grasshoppers (Tetrigidae: Orthoptera) from district Naushahro Feroze, Sindh Pakistan
Mehar-un-Nisa Maitlo and Waheed Ali Panhwar
Pygmy grasshoppers are mostly diverse groups of grasshoppers amongst order Orthoptera because of the small sizes and different appearance that show these species very unique in orthoptera group from their morphological aspect. These tiny individuals are mostly found swampy habitats, water canals, sides of rivers and in leaf litter, forests and grounds. Pygmy grasshoppers were collected from different talukas having agricultural lands and dense vegetation of district Naushahro Feroze through entomological insect capturing net. A total of 186 specimens which were collected during the October 2018- July-2019. The specimens were identified into Family Tetrigidae, two subfamilies: Tetriginae and Scelimeninae with 05 genera and 07 specie; Hedotettix, gracilis, (Haan, 1843), Hedotettix lineifera (Walker, 1871), Hedotettix punctatus Hancock 1909, Paratettix meridionalis (Rambur, 1838) New Record from Pakistan, Ergatettix dorsiferus (Walker, 1871) New Record from Pakistan, Thoradonta spiculoba Hancock, 1912 New Record from Sindh and Scelimena razalii Mahmood, Idris & Salmah, 2007 New Record from Pakistan. Beside this distributional data of species along with description of species is given. Confidently, this study will contribute to the knowledge of pygmy grasshoppers from this region.