The genusMesacriditesRiek, 1954 is so poorly known that Carpenter (1992) considered it as Neoptera order uncertain. Riek (1954) assigned it to the paraphyletic group Protorthoptera, within the family Sthenaropodidae Handlirsch, 1906, a family later synonymized by Burnham (1983) with the Geraridae Scudder, 1885. Sharov (1962, 1991) assigned it to the order Paraplecoptera within the superfamily Liomopteridea, which is within the Protorthoptera in Carpenter's system.

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An unstudied and perfectly preserved specimen stored at The Natural History Museum (London) has revealed that this genus must be assigned to the family Locustavidae Sharov, 1968, within...

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