Distribution and infiltration of the tree cricket Oecanthus pellucens (Scopoli, 1763) to unoriginal conditions in Slovakia
Fedor, P., J.; Majzlan, O.
Bulletin de la Societe des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois 102: 103-108
The tree cricket Oecanthus pellucens(Scopoli, 1763) represents the only species of Oecanthinae subfamily in Slovakia and it is generally distributed in Central and especially Southern Europe, in Asia as well as in Northern Africa. The northern boundary of its geographical distribution crosses Slovakia. It belongs to the markedly xerothermophilous orthopterous insect species, occurring in dry steppe or woodland steppe biotopes of Slovakia. However, the incoming process of aridisation, due amongst other factors to the construction of the Danube Dam geo-technical system, is carrying optimal ecological conditions for plenty of xerothermophilous and psamophilous taxa. Therefore, there is an interesting question, if and how intensively this species of cricket will colonise some of the newly-formed areas of both ruderal and xerothermous character of Slovakia.