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Survey on the singing cicadas (Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadoidea) of Bulgaria, including bioacoustics
expand article infoTomi Trilar, Matija Gogala§, Ilia Gjonov|
‡ Slovenian Museum of Natural History, Ljubljana, Slovenia
§ Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
| Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of Biology, Sofia, Bulgaria
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The singing cicadas (Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadoidea) of Bulgaria remain poorly known. There are published records for 14 species (Arabadzhiev 1963, Barjamova 1976, Barjamova 1978, Barjamova 1990, Dirimanov and Harizanov 1965, Dlabola 1955, Gogala et al. 2005, Háva 2016, Janković 1971, Nast 1972, Nast 1987, Nedyalkov 1908, Pelov 1968, Yoakimov 1909): Lyristes plebejus, Cicada orni, Cicadatra atra, C. hyalina, C. persica, Cicadetta montana, C. mediterranea, Oligoglena tibialis, Tympanistalna gastrica, Pagiphora annulata, Dimissalna dimissa, Saticula coriaria, Tibicina haematodes and T. steveni. Two species from this list should be excluded from the list of Bulgarian cicadas, since T. gastrica is distributed in central and southern Portugal (Sueur et al. 2004) and S. coriaria is a north African species (Boulard 1981).

We checked three major institutional collections housed in Sofia, Bulgaria: the National Museum of Natural History (NMNHS), Institute of Zoology (ZISB) and Biology Faculty of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" (BFUS). We confirmed 11 of the species mentioned in the literature, except C. mediterranea, and found 2 additional species: C. brevipennis and C. macedonica.

Based on this knowledge, we further investigated the singing cicadas of Bulgaria with the use of classical and bioacoustic methods in the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2019. We were not able to confirm the presence of C. persica and C. mediterranea, but found three additional species: Cicadatra platyptera, Cicadetta cantilatrix and Tettigettula pygmea. Using the bioacoustic methods we also detected 3 to 4 additional taxa, which need to be described.

Thus, the Bulgarian fauna of singing cicadas at the moment consists of 17+ species.

Presenting author

Tomi Trilar

Presented at

Vth International Congress on Biodiversity: „Taxonomy, Speciation and Euro-Mediterranean Biodiversity“


The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences financially supported the field work of TT and MG in Bulgaria in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

The research of TT was part of the programme “Communities, relations and communications in the ecosystems” (No. P1-0255) financed by Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia.

IG was supported by the National program "Young scientists and postdocs" of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, contract No. РД-22 1025 / 17.04.2019


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