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Schistocerca nitens

Resource Type
Common Name
vagrant grasshopper

This genome project is a joint effort between the Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute ( and the Ag100Pest project (

Schistocerca nitens is a species of grasshopper known by several names, including vagrant grasshopper and gray bird grasshopper. It is a close relative of the desert locust, which is in the same genus. This grasshopper is native to southern North America including Mexico and the south-western United States from California to Texas. Vagrants are occasionally found in Colorado and Nebraska, where the climate is too cold for them to reproduce, otherwise. It is also present in parts of Central and South America. It lives in many habitats including desert, woodland, and lower elevation mountainous areas. It is a large grasshopper, reaching lengths of 4 to 7 centimeters. It is mostly brown and gray spotted or patched in cryptic coloration. This species is known as a pest on ornamental plants and many types of crop plants. (

This dataset is not published - please follow Toronto/Ft. Lauderdale conditions of data re-use.

Childers AK, Geib SM, Sim SB, Poelchau MF, Coates BS, Simmonds TJ, Scully ED, Smith TPL, Childers CP, Corpuz RL, Hackett K, Scheffler B. The USDA-ARS Ag100Pest Initiative: High-Quality Genome Assemblies for Agricultural Pest Arthropod Research.. Insects. 2021 Jul 09; 12(7).
Organism Image
Image Credit
Schistocerca_nitens.jpg by Brandon Woo
NameProgramDate Constructed
NCBI Schistocerca nitens Annotation Release 100NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation PipelineAug 5th, 2022
Schistocerca nitens genome assembly iqSchNite1.1 GCF_023898315.1HiFiASM v. 0.15.4; 3D-DNA v. 210817; Juicebox Assembly Tools v. 1.11Jun 28th, 2022
Functional annotation of NCBI Schistocerca nitens Annotation Release 100AgBase functional annotation pipelineAug 5th, 2022
Assembly Stats
Scaffold N50
GC Content
Other Information
Community Contact
Hojun Song, Texas A&M University; Anna Childers, USDA-ARS; Olga Dudchenko, Baylor College of Medicine