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Orthoptera Species FileTaxonomic database of the world's grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, crickets, and related insects
Valid species
Valid extant species
Scientific names
Sound recordings
Specimen records

The Orthoptera Species File (OSF) is a taxonomic database of the world’s Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, crickets, and related insects) both living and fossil. It has full taxonomic and synonymic information for all taxa, with complete taxonomic references, images, sound recordings, and specimen records.

The core purpose of the OSF is to provide a resource that makes research on Orthoptera more efficient as well as to cover the needs of policy-makers, environmental managers and the wider public for a consistent and up-to-date classification of the world’s Orthoptera species.

It is open to contributions from anyone with specimen records and images.


  • Maria Marta Cigliano - Project Director & AuthorDivisión Entomología. Museo de La Plata, CEPAVE - CONICET, Argentina
  • Holger Braun - Author & EditorDivisión Entomología, Museo de La Plata, Argentina
  • David C. Eades - Founder of the Species File Group, Data base Developer of Species File SoftwareIllinois Natural History Survey, USA
  • Daniel Otte - Founder and Original AuthorAcademy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, USA

Major Contributors

  • Piotr Naskrecki - Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
  • Martina Eugenia Pocco - CEPAVE - CONICET, División Entomología, Museo de La Plata, Argentina

Assistant editor

  • María Belén Cabrera - División Entomología, Museo de La Plata, Argentina


  • Hernán Lucas Pereira - CEPAVE - CONICET, Argentina
  • José Luis Pereira - División Entomología, Museo de La Plata, Argentina

With the cooperation of The Orthopterists' Society


OSF Grants 2024


Grants awarded for 2024 can be found here here

OSF Powered by TaxonWorks


OSF lives in TaxonWorks, the new infrastructure that powers OSF. The interfaces of TaxonWorks include a wide range of additional filtering and reporting functionalities. Please contact us (ciglianofcnymunlpeduar; braunfcnymunlpeduar) if you need extended access to the data. Over time we expect this site to gradually mirror these extended functionalities of TaxonWorks.

Find out more

Find out more on this new public version of OSF. Learn how to collaborate with the Orthoptera Species File project. Contact information, technical details, and more are available at About.

Format for referencing this website

When referencing this website, please use the following format: Cigliano, M.M., H. Braun, D.C. Eades & D. Otte. Orthoptera Species File [retrieval date]. < http://orthoptera.speciesfile.org/ >

Terms of use

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). Images are by default open-access under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA license, unless stated otherwise