Subfamily Mogoplistinae
scaly crickets

Key to families and subfamilies of crickets.
Key to genera of scaly crickets (Mogoplistinae).

To view distribution maps and photographs and hear the songs of North American scaly crickets go to the list of species and access the species pages, which are under development.

To identify most North American species of scaly crickets, see Love & Walker 1979 (below).


Blatchley WS. 1920. Orthoptera of northeastern America. Indianapolis, IN: Nature Publishing. 784 p. Gryllidae (pp. 662-670) [782 KB]. (The introductory pages to Blatchley's book are accessible on SINA's home page.)

Dambach M, Gras A. 1995. Bioacoustics of a miniature cricket, Cycloptiloides canariensis (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Mogoplistinae). J. Exp. Biol. 198: 721-728.

Hebard M. 1931. The Mogoplistinae (Orthoptera, Gryllidae) of the United States. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 57: 135-160. [2186 KB]

Love RE, Walker TJ. 1979. Systematics and acoustic behavior of scaly crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Mogoplistinae) of eastern United States. Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 105: 1-66.  [5278 KB]

Mesa A, Garcia-Novo P, dos Santos D. 2002. X1X2O (male)—X1X1X2X2 (female) chromosomal sex determining mechanism in the cricket Cicloptyloides americanus (Orthoptera, Grylloidea, Mogoplistidae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 11(1): 87-90. [1506 KB]

Michel K. 1979. A new type of cricket ear: construction and ultrastructure of the tympanic organ of Cycloptiloides canariensis (Bolivar) (Mogoplistinae Gryllidae). Zool. Anz. 203: 139-150.

Rehn JAG, Hebard M. 1912. A revision of the genera and species of the group Mogoplistii (Orthoptera: Gryllidae) found in North America north of the Isthmus of Panama. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phil. 1912: 184-234. [4184 KB]

Strohecker HF. 1939. Distributional and taxonomic notes on southeastern Dermaptera and Orthoptera and a new species of Cycloptilum (Gryllidae). Can. Entomol. 71: 169-175. [Cycloptilum spectabile]

Yang J-T, Yen F-S. 2001. Morphology and character evaluation of scales in scaly crickets (Orthoptera: Grylloidea: Mogoplistidae). Zool. Studies 40: 247-253.