Spider Cricket
Adult Male, anterior
Ellura
Spider Cricket
Immature Female, close up
 
    
Spider Cricket (Endacusta sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: True Cricket (Gryllidae)
Species: Spider Cricket (Endacusta sp)
This Photo:     Immature Female, dorsal, ~10mm

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
Not a lot is known of our Australian crickets. Like so many inverts, genital examination is required to get below genus level to species. Since we only photograph with a macro DSLR, we don't have the resolution for that type of work.
We have made some assumptions here: 1. Female age is based on the length of her ovipositor. 2. Females are wingless. 3. Adults males of this genera don't seem to have full length wings.
We can't be sure the specimens here are the same species. But they do look very similar and most were found on the same day.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Jan-2015
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.