Phantom Knight Psaltoda brachypennis Moss and Moulds, 2000
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Species number (TNS): 104. Fore wing length: 33–41 mm. Distribution and seasonality: From Herberton in North Queensland south to Mt. Kaputar and Grafton in New South Wales. Adults occur from mid-November to February. Notable localities: Mt Moffatt, Chinchilla, Stanthorpe, Mt Marrow, St Lucia (Brisbane), Moogerah Dam. Habitat: Found in dry sclerophyll forest, wet sclerophyll forest, brigalow and dry vine thicket in areas experiencing moderate annual rainfall. Calling song and behaviour: Typically begins with a loud roar that increases rapidly in volume and may last for some time. This is usually finished by a series of rolling, soft pulses that conclude the song burst. There is often a considerable gap (>5 seconds) between the pulsing phase and the next roar. Adults are solitary and usually sit on the upper branches of trees, only rarely occurring in shrubs. Colour variation: Live specimens are usually a dark, khaki green or a rich, earthy brown. Similar species: Clanger, Silver Knight, Dark Sage.
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