Cicadas of France

Contribution to the knowledge of the cicadas of France:
chorology and ecology of populations (Hemiptera, Cicadidae)

CicadasWe inform you of the work of Stéphane powerful online, 2006: “Contribution to the knowledge of the cicadas of France: chorology and ecology of populations (Hemiptera, Cicadidae)“. This volume is edited by the ASCETIC association. It includes 193 pages format 21 / 29.7, including 4 colour plates.

For the most part, the text corresponds to the brief submitted by the author in March 2003 in respect of the practice school of high studies EPHE diploma; However it is updated to the taxonomy of the Cicadidae, for the bibliography and geographical distribution; on the other hand, a study has been added in the annex, which concerns the synusies cicadeennes (study published in 2005 in the journal Matériaux Orthoptériques and Entomocénotiques).

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Contribution to the knowledge of Cicadas from France: distribution and ecology of populations.


Following a thorough examination of the context of seventeen Cicada taxonomic taxa recorded in France, their distribution and ecology are surveyed. A database has been constructed and the observations were classified into twelve categories. Observations are gathered by station. A station is a space unit geographically delimited to the township range rental and can be prospected in the field in less than a half-hour. The twelve categories, also named fields, synthesize available geographical and ecological information for each observation of each species. The database standardizes the retained comments for every species and allows extracting all available information by field. The database has been enriched by the survey of collection specimens and by prospecting, mainly conducted in Mediterranean France during five years. Station number, regrouping one or several observations, is defined for all cicadas populations and by species. The number of stations considered is 699, the seniority of data being taken in account.

The first part from this work is at the level of cicada communities. An unbalanced sampling pressure is noted for the country, leading to assess future prospecting priorities. Estimation of the sampling effort also allows to discuss the concept of rarity of species within a given geographical area. Every station localized geographically, is associated to its phytoclimatic context, in connection to the vegetation classes sensu default (1996, 2001). The community richness by vegetation class is given and the hand thermohygrometrical affinities of population are estimated. Eight habitat classes have been defined to describe the physical structure of vegetation of each station. Habitat classes differ from vegetation classes in that they do not take into account either climatic features gold floristical composition. The distribution of Cicada communities within these classes is defined and the effects of the habitat dynamics upon these communities are discussed.

The second part of this work is at the species level. For each one are provided: a synthetic introduction presenting the taxonomical context, the distribution on the French vegetation classes map, an abundance estimate and some factors assigned the populations, altitudinal distribution and occurrence period to the adult instar, an analysis about stational distribution by vegetation classes and the number of comments by habitat classes, a commentary about the sites of calling songs and the sites of oviposition. Finally, some ethological features particularly remarkable are sometimes shown and research priorities upon the biology of the species are proposed.


Hemiptera, Cicadidae, distribution and climatic features, ecology, ethology, systematics, France.

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