Mallee Dwarf Cricket
Female: dorsal
Ellura
Mallee Dwarf Cricket
Female: Ovipositor
 
    
Mallee Dwarf Cricket (Territirritia tya)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Pygmy Cricket (Grylloidea: Trigonidiidae)
Species: Mallee Dwarf Cricket (Territirritia tya)
This Photo:     Female: profile

Thank you Matthew Connors for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We found 4 specimens, 3 x female & 1 x male in July & August.
Very dark crickets with few markings; males are black while females are dark brown. They have not discernable face markings, which is unusual for crickets.
The females have small pale pairs of spots on their backs (not always visible). Her ovi-positor sheaths have serrated tips.
Females are ~6mm, with ovipositor ~3-4mm, while our male was ~4mm.
Both genders are wingless.
These are well known in the Murray Mallee, and are often found with Ottes Pygmy Cricket (Calperum ottei) in smaller quantities; which we've also experienced.

Copyright © 2019- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Aug-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.