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Historical use of substrate-borne acoustic production within the Hemiptera: first record for an Australian Lophopid (Hemiptera, Lophopidae)

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Here the first record of communication through substrate-borne vibrations for the Lophopidae family is reported. The signals from Magia subocellata that the authors recorded were short calls with a decreasing frequency modulation. Acoustic vibrations have been observed for other families within the Hemiptera and a scenario concerning the historical use of vibrational communication within the Hemiptera is tested using a phylogenetic inference. The most parsimonious hypothesis suggests that substrate-borne communication is ancestral for the hemipteran order and highlights the groups for which future acoustic research should be undertaken.
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Keywords: Cicadomorpha; Coleorrhyncha; Heteroptera; Sternorrhyncha; evolutionary scenario; substrate vibration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Département Systématique et Évolution, USM 601 MNHN & UMR 5202 CNRS, Case Postale 50, 45, Rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris, France. 2: NAMC-CNRS UMR 8620, Bât. 446, Université Paris XI, F-91405 Orsay Cedex, France. 3: Museum für Naturkunde, Institut für Systematische Zoologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Invalidenstr. 43, D- 10115 Berlin, Germany.

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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