Lined Ground Cricket
Female, profile
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)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Lined Ground Cricket (Salmanites sp)
This Photo:     🔍Female, Face🔎

Thank you Matthew Connors & Prof Tony Robillard for confirming the id of this species for us

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 © 2017-2023 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.