Strong-horned Grasshopper
Male: dorsal
Strong-horned Grasshopper
Male: Antenna
Strong-horned Grasshopper (Retuspia validicornis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae)
Species: Strong-horned Grasshopper (Retuspia validicornis)
This Photo:     Male: profile

Thank you Robert Read for confirming the identification of this species

Thank you Matthew Connors for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This is the most southern record of this species we can find.
It's been hot and dry; we are into the 2nd year of a drought. Perhaps more Northerly species are progressing south.
This male was ~26mm long.
Very similar to the Bark-mimicking Grasshopper, we have shown a number of angles of the head to help show some of the differences between them.
Primarily the antennae are broader in perspective to the body, but eye patterns, fastigium shape, etc, all show differences when looking close up in details.

Similar Species: Bark-mimicking Grasshopper

Copyright © 2019- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Nov-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.