Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper
Adult: profile
Ellura
Giant Crested Grasshopper
Dorsal, ~40mm
 
    
Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper (Goniaea opomaloides)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae)
Species: Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper (Goniaea opomaloides)
This Photo:     Adult: Colour Variation
Synonym: Goniaea opomaloide

Thank you Robert Read for confirming the id and Matthew Connors for helping with the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills, the Riverland and elsewhere
Smaller than other Gumleaf grasshoppers.
We thought some of these were G. volcans. When we quizzed Matthew on the notch in the 3 line (sulcus) on the pronotum on some of the specimens we photographed he said "G. opomaloides can have a notch there too but not always - the key feature is that the pronotum isn't arched at all (it's depressed here in fact which is a little weird)."

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Apr-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.