Subfamily Trigonidiinae
sword-tail crickets or "trigs"

Key to families and subfamilies of crickets.
Key to genera of sword-tailed crickets (Trigonidiinae).

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

If the trig you wish to identify is pale green, it belongs to the genus Cyrtoxipha and can be identified by the key in Walker 1969 (last reference below).


Blatchley WS. 1920. Orthoptera of northeastern America. Indianapolis, IN: Nature Publishing. 784 p. Trigonidiinae (pp. 728-737) [769 KB]. (The introductory pages to Blatchley's book are accessible on SINA's home page.)

Fulton BB. 1956. The genus Anaxipha in the United States (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 72: 222-243. [2143 KB]

Rehn JAG, Hebard M. 1912. On the genus Anaxipha (Orthoptera; Gryllidae). Entomol. News 23: 411-412. [125 KB]

Spooner JD. 1972. Courtship in Falcicula hebardi (Orthoptera: Gryllidae, Trigonidiinae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 65: 1419. [107 KB]

Walker TJ. 1969. Systematics and acoustic behavior of United States crickets of the genus Cyrtoxipha (Orthoptera: Gryllidae).  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 62: 945-952.  [3628 KB]

Walker TJ, Funk DH. 2012. The scientific names of two common Florida crickets (Orthoptera, Gryllidae). Fla. Entomol. 95: 936-938. [609 KB]