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Cicada species

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Source: TH

 

Context: A cicada species commonly found in several parts of South India has been identified as a new species and named Purana cheeveeda (after its Malayalam name Cheeveedu).

  • Previously, it was mistaken for Purana tigrina, a species described in Malaysia in 1850. The Association for Advancement in Entomology has corrected this long-standing error in taxonomic identification, distinguishing Purana cheeveeda from the Malaysian species.
  • The team noticed differences in the structure of the male genitalia and operculum, leading to the reclassification.