S3: Male, Leg Colour, under
S2: Female, ventral
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Striped Stonehopper (Cratilopus sp ES03)|
|This Photo:||S2 & S3: Size Comparison|
Thank you Robert Read & Matthew Connors for identifying and Ethan Beaver for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
After we found the 1st female we photographed here, Marie then found a pair copulating. Always useful to have the pair that are the same species to compare against the books.
We then posted photo's of this pair on iNaturalist where Matthew & Robert analsysed the images.
Matthew said "Cratilopus on the basis of wing length and prosternal process." "Transverse prosternal process in both sexes, short wings, female about twice the length of the male."
While Matthew indicated Catrilopus sp 1 was a strong consideration, he indicated the "shape of the pronotal margin is a little different". Comparing to C. sp 1, Robert said "Male furcula not as broadly separated. Cercus seems longer."
Until these are formally described we don't really have any diagnostics to go by.