Brood XIX

The Great Southern Brood

Brood XIX is arguably the largest (by geographic extent) of all periodical cicada broods, with records along the east coast from Maryland to Georgia and in the Midwest from Iowa to Oklahoma.

Brood XIX
Brown symbols are verified records in the Database in February 2017. Gold are from Simon (1988). Blue symbols are from Marlatt (1923). Smaller symbols are records with a lower degree of certainty, and question marks or open symbols (on top of other symbols or alone) represent records that are considered spurious. Symbols are in layered in the order Database, Simon, Marlatt, and symbols in the upper layers may obscure symbols in lower layers.
Standard Illinois Map
Figure 5 from Stannard (1975).

Stannard (1975) published a map of all Illinois periodical cicada broods. ┬áIn Stannard’s map, some areas delineated as Brood XIX are occupied by Brood III┬áinstead.

Standard Illinois Map
Orange shaded areas are the limits of the brood as depicted in Standard (1975). Black symbols are verified records of the brood in the database as of February 2017.

Reproductive Character Displacement

An interesting feature of Brood XIX is a striking pattern of reproductive character displacement (RCD). Where Magicicada neotredecim is in contact with another 13-year species, M. tredecim, the dominant male call pitch of M. neotredecim is approximately 1.7 kHz, while outside the contact zone, its call pitch is approximately 1.4 kHz, identical to that of its putative ancestor, M. septendecim; female pitch preferences match (Marshall and Cooley 2000).

Where M. neotredecim and M. tredecim overlap, they exhibit a pattern of reproductive character displacement in calling song pitch and female pitch preferences. Within the zone of displacement, the dominant male call pitch of M. neotredecim is 1.7 kHz, while outside the contact zone, its call pitch is ca. 1.4 kHz, identical to that of its putative ancestor, M. septendecim.

Reproductive Character Displacement


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