Smoky Sage (species complex) Psaltoda fumipennis Ashton, 1912
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Male
Species number (TNS): 100, 105. Fore wing length: 38–46 mm. Distribution and seasonality: From south of Cooktown to the southern end of Paluma Range in Tropical northern Queensland. Adults are present from November to March. Notable localities: Mt Lewis, Julatten, Kuranda, Malanda, Herberton Range. Habitat: Tropical rainforest, typically at moderate to high elevations. Species complex includes: Southern Smoky Sage (TNS: 100): Occurs from Mt Haig south to Paluma Range. Northern Smoky Sage (TNS: 105): Known from south of Cooktown south to Danbulla. Calling song and behaviour: The call is raw and metallic. with a strong series of broken phrases, emitted with a rattle- like quality, followed by a continuous longer phrase, lasting a few seconds. The longer phrase may be a reverberating rattle (Southern Smoky Sage) or a strong whine (Northern Smoky Sage). Males often sing in unison. Adults sit on the upper branches of rainforest trees. Similar species: None; a distinctive cicada.
Habitat
Northern Smoky Sage
Currently known extent
dr-pop.net database record:
Southern Smoky Sage
Southern Smoky Sage
Northern Smoky Sage
Male