Key to the Melanoplus Species

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C Cerci beyond middle expanding, sometimes appearing equal; cerci about two to three times as long as width at constriction, or at middle of cerci if no constriction. (M. fasciatus cerci sometimes appear four times as long as width but can be distinguished from other species with similar length cerci in that width of cerci at expansion is about same as width at base.)
 
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C' Cerci slender, tapering beyond middle or appearing approximately equal; cerci about four or more times as long as width at constriction.
 
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