Lesser Bladder Cicada (species complex) Cystosoma schmeltzi Distant, 1892
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Male
Species number (TNS): 594, 595. Fore wing length: 26–36 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Patchy from near Palmerville (B. Gray), Mossman, near Mt. Garnet and from Townsville coastally south to Rockhampton west to Blackall and further south to Stanthorpe in Queensland and Gunnedah in New South Wales. A record from King Canyon in the Northern Territory requires investigation. Adults occur from September to March. Notable localities: Kings Canyon (D. Rentz), Springsure, Mitchell, Chinchilla, Mundubbera, Millmerran, Crows Nest, Narrabri. Habitat: Dry sclerophyll forest and woodland. Also small trees and shrubs around rural towns. Species complex includes: Small Bladder Cicada (TNS: 594): From near Palmerville south to Gunnedah. Chanting Bladder Cicada (TNS: 595): From Expedition Range and south of Moura south-east to Mundubbera. Calling song and behaviour: A broken rattle, similar to the call of a Bladder Cicada, but emitted at a higher pitch (Small Bladder Cicada) or a regular chanting call, with males singing in unison (Chanting Bladder Cicada). Singing occurs only at dusk. Similar species: Bladder Cicada, False Bladder Cicada, Rare Bladder Cicada.
Small Bladder Cicada
Chanting Bladder Cicada
Female
Male
Chanting Bladder Cicada
Currently known extent
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Small Bladder Cicada
Female