Clatrotitan – a noisy insect

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Model of the insect, Clatrotitan andersoni.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Triassic

HOW BIG IT WAS

Clatrotitan relative size depiction as described below
Clatrotitan had a wingspan of approximately 30 cm.

Clatrotitan was a large insect distantly related to dragonflies. The fossil wings of Clatrotitan, found near Sydney, tell us something quite unusual – this insect was noisy. The wing had a ‘stridulating’ structure dedicated to making noise. By rubbing the wings against each other, a deep, resonating call was made, similar to modern cicada calls.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Clatrotitan map

This fossil of Clatrotitan andersoni was discovered in New South Wales.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Triassic

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