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ISRN Entomology
Volume 2013, Article ID 176342, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/176342
Research Article

Anatomic Morphometrics of the “Senene” Tettigoniid Ruspolia differens Serville (Orthoptera: Conocephalidae) from North-West Tanzania

1Department of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation, University of Dar es Salaam, P.O. Box 35064, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2Department of Life Sciences, Mkwawa University College of Education (UDSM), P.O. Box 2513, Iringa, Tanzania

Received 30 November 2012; Accepted 20 December 2012

Academic Editors: C. J. Bidau, W. Brown, and P. A. Eliopoulos

Copyright © 2013 Nicodemus D. Matojo and Jacob G. Yarro. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The morphometrics of Ruspolia differens (order: Orthoptera; family: Conocephalidae), the longhorn grasshopper that is widely known as senene by its Kiswahili name, was largely unclear although the species serves broadly as a delicacy relish snack. In this study, the anatomic morphometrics of this insect was critically inferred based on the samples that were collected from North-west Tanzania in April-May 2009. R. differens was revealed to have a number of unique anatomic features that can essentially serve in its diagnosis. These include the paired male metathoracic flaps, finger-like prosternal protuberances, hind femoral spines, subequal tibial black markings, and an obvious male biased antennal dimorphism.