Overview

Distribution

occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations

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National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

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Physical Description

Type Information

Lectotype for Melanoplus coloradus Caudell, 1903
Catalog Number: USNM
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology
Sex/Stage: Male;
Preparation: Riker Mount
Collector(s): Dyar & Caudell
Year Collected: 1901
Locality: Palisades; Cal, California, United States
  • Lectotype: 1903. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 26 (1333): 799, Pl. 55 Fig. 1.
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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: Upland as well as lowland pastures, meadows, roadsides, low ground, cultivated fields as well as old fields, margins of woods and open woodlands.

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Migration

Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Melanoplus femurrubrum

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 3 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

TACCTTATACTTTATATTTGGAGCATGAGCTGGAATAGTAGGAACTTCTATAAGAATAATTATTCGAGCAGAACTAGGACAACCAGGATCTCTAATTGGAGATGACCAAATCTATAATGTAATTATTACAGCCCACGCATTTGTAATAATTTTCTTTATAGTAATACCTATTATAATTGGAGGATTTGGTAATTGACTTGTACCATTAATAATTGGAGCACCAGATATAGCTTTTCCACGAATAAATAATATAAGTTTTTGACTTTTACCACCATCACTAACCCTTTTACTTACCTCATCTATGGTTGATAATGGAGCTGGTACAGGATGAACAGTTTACCCCCCACTCGCTGGAGCAATTGCACATGGTGGAGCGTCAGTTGATTTAGCCATTTTCTCTCTTCACTTAGCTGGTGTTTCATCAATTCTAGGGGCAGTCAATTTTATTACAACAGCAATTAATATACGATCAGAAAGAATAACACTAGACCAAACACCATTATTTGTTTGATCAGTAGCTATTACAGCACTCCTTTTATTATTATCACTTCCTGTATTAGCAGGAGCTATTACAATATTATTAACTGATCGAAATTTAAATACATCATTCTTTGACCCTGCGGGAGGAGGTGATCCAATTTTATATCAACATTTATTT
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melanoplus femurrubrum

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 25
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

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Wikipedia

Melanoplus femurrubrum

The Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum) is a species of grasshopper belonging to the genus Melanoplus. It is found in Mexico, United States, and Canada.[1]

Description

This grasshopper has a reddish-brown back, a greeny-yellow belly, and red hind legs, hence its binomial name femurrubrum (femur = thigh, rubrum = red). They are approximately 2.5 cm long (1 inch).

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