Article ID: CBB001321128

The Katydid That Was: The Tananá, Stridulation, Henry Walter Bates and Charles Darwin (2014)


The Amazonian bush-cricket or katydid, Thliboscelus hypericifolius (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Pseudophyllinae), called tananá by the natives was reported to have a song so beautiful that they were kept in cages for the pleasure of listening to the melodious sound. The interchange of letters between Henry Walter Bates and Charles Darwin regarding the tananá and the issue of stridulation in Orthoptera indicates how this mysterious insect, which seems to be very rare, contributed to the theory of sexual selection developed by Darwin.

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Authors & Contributors
Wright, Claire
van Dijk, Tessa
John Hemming
Peeters, Norbert
Philp, Jude
Smith, Diane
Journal of the History of Biology
Archives of Natural History
Comptes Rendus Biologies
British Journal for the History of Science
University of Chicago Press
Atlas Contact
University Press of Kansas
Thames & Hudson
Reaktion Books
Oxford University Press
Specimen exchange
Sexual selection
Natural history
Correspondence and corresponding
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Bates, Henry Walter
Macleay, William John
Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown
Weismann, August
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
Amazon River Region (South America)
Great Britain
United States
Sydney (Australia)
Guyana; British Guiana
Maison Verreaux
East India Company (English)
Yellowstone National Park
Smithsonian Institution

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