Chortoicetes terminifera

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  • The Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera) is a native Australian insect in the family Acrididae, and a significant agricultural pest.
  • Adult Australian plague locusts range in size from 20 to 45 mm in length, and the colour varies from brown to green. In profile, the head is higher than the thorax, and the thorax has an X-shaped mark. The legs have a reddish shank and the wings are clear other than for a dark spot on the end.
  • In eastern Australia, most outbreaks of the Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera(Walker) (Orthoptera:Acrididae), develop when there is a sequence of regular rains in the interior that allow population increase (Wright,1987; Hunter, 1996)[1][2].

Density-Dependent Behavioural plasticity

Reference Genes

Gene Symbol Gene Name Application Scope Accession Number Primer Size [bp] Tm [℃] Detection
EF1a[1] Elongation factor 1 alpha
  • Different rearing density treatments in neural tissue
155 81.4 SYBR
Arm[1] Armadillo
  • Different rearing density treatments in neural tissue
114 83.2 SYBR

Moleculer Type

  • mRNA

Evaluation Methods


  • Name: Marie-Pierre Chapuis
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  • Institution: School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Citation Statistics

Cited by 39 (Based on Google Scholar [2017-06-16])


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chapuis M P, Tohidi-Esfahani D, Dodgson T, et al. Assessment and validation of a suite of reverse transcription-quantitative PCR reference genes for analyses of density-dependent behavioural plasticity in the Australian plague locust[J]. BMC molecular biology, 2011, 12(1): 7.
  2. Hunter DM, Milner RJ, Spurgin PA. Aerial treatment of the Australian plague locust, Chortoicetes terminifera (Orthoptera: Acrididae) with Metarhizium anisopliae (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes). Bull Entomol Res. 2001 Apr;91(2):93-9. PubMed PMID: 11260723.