Mottled Matchstick Grasshopper
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Matchstick Grasshopper (Morabidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Red Matchstick Grasshopper (Prorifera sp P11a)|
Thank you Dr Michael Kearney for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
These are often confused with Giant Green Slantface's, in photo's anyway. These are much smaller. The easy way to differentiate between them in photo's is that Matchstick Grasshoppers (sub-family Morabinae) have very short fat serrated antennae; mind you the antennae on this one is getting up there to make it confusing!
Michael said "All the matchstick grasshoppers were assigned a provisional ('P') species number by Ken Key so, even though they aren't formally described, they can be referred to. Prorifera contains 16, possibly 17 species, but only three have been described. P11a occurs in mallee and heathy veg either side of the SA/Vic border from around Nhill to Murray Bridge and from about Peebinga down to Naracoorte"