Genus of cricket-like animals

Ephippiger perforatus, female
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Tribe: Ephippigerini
Genus: Ephippiger
Berthold, 1827

Ephippigera Serville, 1831
Ephippiiger Azam, 1913

Ephippiger is a genus of Palaearctic bush crickets described by Berthold in 1827, belonging to the family Tettigoniidae, subfamily Bradyporinae and tribe Ephippigerini.


Ephippiger ephippiger, male

Bush crickets of this genus have very small wings and the pronotum resembles a saddle (the Latin name ephippium means 'saddle of a horse').

The atrophied wings of Ephippiger species are unfit to flight and only used for the emission of sounds (stridulation).


Species of this genus are mainly present in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, Iran and Switzerland.

List of species

  1. Ephippiger apulus (Ramme, 1933)
  2. Ephippiger bormansi Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1882
  3. Ephippiger camillae Fontana & Massa, 2000
  4. Ephippiger carlottae Fontana & Odé, 2003
  5. Ephippiger cavannai Targioni-Tozzetti, 1881
  6. Ephippiger cruciger (Fiebig, 1784)
  7. Ephippiger discoidalis Fieber, 1853
  8. Ephippiger diurnus Dufour, 1841
  9. Ephippiger ephippiger (Fiebig, 1784) - type species (as Gryllus ephippiger Fiebig = E. ephippiger ephippiger)
  10. Ephippiger mischtschenkoi Harz, 1966
  11. Ephippiger perforatus (Rossius, 1790)
  12. Ephippiger persicarius Fruhstorfer, 1921
  13. Ephippiger provincialis Yersin, 1854
  14. Ephippiger rugosicollis Serville
  15. Ephippiger ruffoi Galvagni, 1955
  16. Ephippiger terrestris Yersin, 1854
  17. Ephippiger tropicalis Baccetti, 1985
  18. Ephippiger zelleri Fischer, 1853



  • Berthold, 1827 : Latreille's Naturliche Familien des Thierreichs / aus dem Franzosischen, mit Anmerkungen und Zusätzen, von Arnold Adolph Berthold (texte original).
  • Michel Chinery, insectes de France 2005

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