Paperbark Cicada (species complex) Telmapsalta hackeri (Distant, 1915)
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Previously known as Cicadetta hackeri. Species number (TNS): 247. Fore wing length: 16–24 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Eastern Australia from Cape York Peninsula south to near Georgetown and from Bundaberg in south-east Queensland south to northern Sydney in New South Wales. Present from August to May, with occasional records in June and July. Notable localities: Magela Creek (Kakadu; M. Upton), 1.9 km south-east of Pennefather River camp (A. Ewart), Venture Creek (Simon lab), Caloundra, Belmont (Brisbane), Gosford. Habitat: Almost always found in association with Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) trees, which grow in swampy conditions. Species complex includes: Eastern Paperbark Cicada (TNS: 247): Coastal eastern Australia from Bundaberg south to northern Sydney. Cape York Paperbark Cicada (TNS: 248): Localised distribution from Cape York Peninsula south to near Georgetown. Top End Paperbark Cicada (TNS: 638): Currently known only from near Jabiru in Kakadu National Park. Calling song and behaviour: Repeated "ziiiiit, ziiiiit" phrases rather like a person running their fingers swiftly over the pages of a book (Eastern Paperbark Cicada) or brief chirps each comprising 2–4 individual clicks (Cape York Paperbark Cicada). The call of Top End Paperbark Cicada is unknown. In the case of Eastern Paperbark Cicada, at dusk the song is drawn out into a continuous rattle that lasts up until nightfall. This species is common in suburban Brisbane and gardens in other coastal towns; uncommon in Sydney. In this species complex, adults are mostly sedentary and camouflage effectively on paperbarks. Similar species: Wallum Sedge-clicker.
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Eastern Paperbark Cicada
Top End Paperbark Cicada
Eastern Paperbark Cicada
Top End Paperbark Cicada
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