|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)|
|Family:||Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Riverina Stonehopper (Cratilopus sp ES02)|
Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying and Robert Read & Matthew Connors for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
It's not possible to identify these down to species; as such they could all be the same species, or each a different one. The are 4 different species listed under Cratilopus on the ALA.
They are abundant on Ellura.
They are flightless and, due to the one pair we found mating, are able to prove the adults are wingless. While difficult to see, it does seem the adults have two separated/overlapping wing stubs, per side, not one hiding the other. Also note the different sized wing stubs.