Magicicada cassinii

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Magicicada cassinii
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A Magicicada cassinii female ovipositing
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Cicadidae
Genus: Magicicada
Species: M. cassinii
Binomial name
Magicicada cassinii
(Fisher, 1852)

Magicicada cassinii,[a] sometimes called the 17-year cicada or the dwarf periodical cicada, is a species of periodical cicada. It is endemic to the United States. It has a 17-year lifecycle but is otherwise indistinguishable from the 13-year periodical cicada Magicicada tredecassini. The two species are usually discussed together as "cassini periodical cicadas" or "cassini-type periodical cicadas." Unlike other periodical cicadas, cassini-type males may synchronize their courting behavior so that tens of thousands of males sing and fly in unison.[8][9]


  1. ^ While the original and correct spelling for Fisher's 17-year species is cassinii,[1] with two 'i's, a large majority of publications have spelled the name cassini since the mid-1960s. However, the original spelling has been maintained throughout by taxonomic catalogues,[2][3][4][5] and the rules of nomenclature support the priority of cassinii (Article 33.4).[6] The correct spelling for the 13-year relative is tredecassini.[7]


  1. ^ Fisher, J. C. 1852. On a new species of Cicada. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 5: 272-275.
  2. ^ Sanborn, A. F. 2013. Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha). With contributions to the bibliography by Martin H. Villet. Elsevier. Inc., Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
  3. ^ Duffels, J.P., and P. A. van der Laan. 1984. Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Homoptera, Auchenorhyncha) 1956-1980. Series Entomologica vol. 34. 414 pp. Junk, Dordrecht, Netherlands
  4. ^ Metcalf, Z.P., 1963. General Catalogue of the Homoptera. Fasc. 8. Cicadoidea. Part 1: Cicadidae. vii, 919 pages. Part 2: vi, 492 pages. [Species index by Virginia Wade, 1964, 26 pp.] University of North Carolina State College, Raleigh, U.S.A.
  5. ^ Dmitriev, D. 2003. 3I Interactive Keys and Taxonomic Databases.
  6. ^ ICZN, 1999. International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 4th Edition. International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, Natural History Museum, London.
  7. ^ Alexander, R.D., and T. E. Moore. 1962. The evolutionary relationships of 17-year and 13-year cicadas, and three new species (Homoptera, Cicadidae, Magicicada). Miscellaneous Publications of the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan 121: 1-59.
  8. ^ "Periodical Cicada Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Capinera, John L. (2008). Encyclopedia of Entomology. Springer. p. 2792. ISBN 1-4020-6242-7. 

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