A description of the male drumming call of Besdolus ventralis (Pictet, 1841) (Plecoptera: Perlodidae)

  • Kirill Márk Orci MTA-ELTE-MTM Ecology Research Group, a joint research group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University and the Hungarian Natural History Museum https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4076-6700
  • Tibor Kovács Mátra Museum of Hungarian Natural History Museum, Kossuth L. u. 40, H-3200 Gyöngyös, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4577-0394
  • Dávid Murányi Department of Zoology, Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, H-3300 Eger, Leányka út 6, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3907-5590
Keywords: Plecoptera, vibrational communication, drumming call, oscillogram


This paper gives the first description of the male drumming call of Besdolus ventralis. Based on the examination of a single male specimen of this rare stonefly species its male call is composed of 3 beat groups, each containing 3-6 beats repeated at decreasing interbeat intervals. Beat groups are separated by 184-212 ms intergroup intervals. Call duration varied between 496-549 ms at ambient air temperature 18.7-20.4 degrees of Celsius. These results show that the male call of B. ventralis is clearly different from the diphasic call of B. ravizzarum, and is rather similar to that of B. bicolor, which is the closest relative of B. ventralis regarding mitocondrial DNA sequences. The main difference between the male calls of the two species seems to be that B. ventralis produces 3-6 beats per group, while B. bicolor is reported to produce only 2 (rarely 3) beats per beat-group.


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How to Cite
OrciK. M., KovácsT., & MurányiD. (2022). A description of the male drumming call of Besdolus ventralis (Pictet, 1841) (Plecoptera: Perlodidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 68(2), 183-188. https://doi.org/10.17109/AZH.