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  • Code: Grasshopper Life
  • Skills: Grasshopper of India

Project Description

Mopla guttata is a fascinating grasshopper species belonging to the subfamily Catantopinae. Here I am found in Chirakkadavu, Kerala, India.

Taxonomy and Rediscovery:

    • The genus Mopla was originally described by Henry in 1940 from the Malabar region of South India.
    • Henry identified two species under this genus: M. guttata and M. rubra.
    • The female type specimens of Mopla are currently deposited in the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
    • Interestingly, there were no further records of these two species after their initial description.
    • However, seventy-six years later, the first male specimen of the genus Mopla was discovered in the Western Ghats of Kerala, India, in 2016.
    • This rediscovery has sparked renewed interest in understanding the systematic placement of this unique grasshopper.
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  2. Importance of the Western Ghats:


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