Southern Austroicetes
S4: Pronotum & Body
Ellura
Southern Austroicetes
S4: ventral
 
    
Southern Austroicetes (Austroicetes frater)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae)
Species: Southern Austroicetes (Austroicetes frater)
This Photo:     S4: Face

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Their red legs, eyes protruding above the head slightly & the profile shape of the pronotum are distinctive for this species.
As you can see, their colour is quite variable.
The last one had a missing leg, which shows the body well. This is a regular occurance with grasshoppers.
This highlights how we flip images so the head is to the left to help compare different species.
Robert Read indicated on iNaturalist that all Austroicetes sp have a type of cross or 'X' mark on the pronotum. If this is missing, it's indicates the specimen is not Austroicetes.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Jan-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.