Lined Ground Cricket
Female: profile
Ellura
Lined Ground Cricket
Female: anterior
 
    
Lined Ground Cricket (Salmanites sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: True Cricket (Grylloidea: Gryllidae)
Species: Lined Ground Cricket (Salmanites sp)
This Photo:     Female: Face

Thank you Matthew Connors for confirming the identification of this species

Thank you Tony Robillard for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We found one female in May.
She was ~10mm long (head+body), with her ovipositor twice that at ~20mm.
A small dark cricket with a heringbone like pattern on her back.
We assume she's an adult by the length of her ovi-positor, which shows she is wingless and therefore flightless; not unusual with crickets.
Typically considered a Northern Australia genera, it seems they also inhabit the dry regions to the South.
Tony suggests "that it is probably new"; ie an undescribed species. This also means that the genus level id could be changed once/if it's described.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 25-May-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.