Lanzarote Sand Grasshopper

Sphingonotus pachecoi

Sphingonotus pachecoi is a species of grasshopper belonging to the family Acridinae.
Lanzarote Sand Grasshopper - Sphingonotus pachecoi Seen in the volcanic ground near the path that surrounds the Volcan del Cuervo, Lanzarote. It is a tentative id based on the pictures I see online for grasshoppers seen in the same area of Lanzarote, including https://www.flickr.com/photos/125854156@N06/28012877248 Geotagged,Lanzarote Sand Grasshopper,Spain,Sphingonotus pachecoi,Spring

Distribution

The Lanzarote Sand Grasshopper is endemic to Lanzarote, Isla Graciosa and Isla de Montana Clara (Canary Islands, Spain) (Hochkirch and Husemann 2008). Some older records from Morocco are probably erroneous. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is c. 1200 km², and its area of occupancy is 400-600 km².

Status

The Lanzarote Sand Grasshopper is very common on Lanzarote. Even though it has a small extent of occurrence (EOO), it has large and well connected subpopulations, which are only locally threatened by touristic development, urbanisation and volcanism. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern (LC).

Habitat

Sphingonotus pachecoi occurs in habitats with a large cover of bare ground and coarse-grained soil, which are widespread on Lanzarote. Its altitudinal range is 0 - 580 m.

References:

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https://www.grasshoppersofeurope.com/linnaeus_ng/app/views/species/nsr_taxon.php?id=1313
https://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/esp-page.php?gen=Sphingonotus&esp=pachecoi
http://www.maiisg.com/specie/Sphingonotus_pachecoi
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderOrthoptera
FamilyAcrididae
GenusSphingonotus
SpeciesSphingonotus pachecoi
Photographed in
Spain