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 around 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 Mossman 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