Lined Ground Cricket
Black Bush Cricket
|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: anterior🔎|
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.