Ground Dwelling Bug
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Ground Dwelling Bug (Hyocephalidae)|
|Species:||Ground Dwelling Bug (Hyocephalus aprugnus)|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~9mm long and flightless.
These dark bugs live under stones in sandy soil & gravel.
It's possible this is one of the other 2 species in this family, Maevius indecorus. We can't differentiate them, but H. aprugnus is known to occur in SA; M. indecorus isn't.
They look very similar to juvenile assassin bugs, but their proboscus is straight, not curved. Also their wings are "squared off", nearly all true bug invert wing-buds are rounded.
Usually the number of antennae segments is diagnostic. But you can see here one side has 4 & the other 3. A mutation perhaps?