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Hadenoecus subterraneus (cave cricket) in Great Onyx Cave (Flint Ridge, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, USA) (8314210164).jpg
Hadenoecus subterraneus, Mammoth Cave National Park
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Family: Rhaphidophoridae
Subfamily: Ceuthophilinae
Tribe: Hadenoecini
Genus: Hadenoecus
Scudder, 1863

Hadenoecus is a genus of common cave cricket of the southeastern United States[1] and typical of the tribe Hadenoecini.

An interesting characteristic of these crickets is their long antennae and powerful rear legs which allow for quick movement in the dark cave system. When threatened, H. subterraneus will jump and turn up to 180 degrees before landing again and jumping in another direction. This is suspected to be an adaptation to escape predators.

Much research has been conducted on the ecosystems of which the cave cricket is a part. The Mammoth Cave system in central Kentucky is populated by the species Hadenoecus subterraneus.


These five species belong to the genus Hadenoecus:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[2] c = Catalogue of Life,[3] g = GBIF,[4] b = Bugguide.net[5]


  1. ^ Otte, Daniel; Cigliano, Maria Marta; Braun, Holger; Eades, David C. "Orthoptera Species File Online". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  2. ^ "Hadenoecus Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  3. ^ "Browse Hadenoecus". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  4. ^ "Hadenoecus". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  5. ^ "Hadenoecus Genus Information". BugGuide.net. Retrieved 2018-05-03.

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