Desert Longhorn
Head, dorsal
Ellura
Grass Longhorn
Female: dorsal
 
    
Desert Longhorn (Microtragus mormon)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)
Species: Desert Longhorn (Microtragus mormon)
This Photo:     Ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Almost spider like with very long legs and antennae.
Note the odd shaped compound eyes and 2 pair of ridges along it's back. The middle ridges start with small horn like projections.
It's covered in fine hairs, not visible to the eye, which enhance the white patches on the rear ridges.
We found a second, dead, specimen and thought the light colour was due to fading in the sun. But have since seen a photo of a live specimen which was also very light. So the overall colour can go from dark brown to pale grey.
We found a live specimen in Feb & a dead specimen in Nov.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Feb-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.