Spider Cricket
Adult Female, anterior
Spider Cricket
Adult Male, dorsal, ~12mm
Spider Cricket (Endacusta australis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Spider Cricket (Grylloidea: Phalangopsidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Spider Cricket (Endacusta australis)
This Photo:     Adult Female, Rear Leg

Thank you Matthew Connors for identifying and Reiner Richter for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Not a lot is known of our Australian crickets. Like so many inverts, genital examination is often required to get below genus level to species.
They love our carport, so often see them on the walls. Recently we noticed a couple shedding/moulting, and discovered that they eat their exuviae (disgarded exoskeleton). This is an excellent adaption to save precious resources. They use gravity to "fall" out of their old exoskeleton, but we've rotated a couple of the images to show more detail; as well as leaving one vertically to see the correct orientation.
We have made some assumptions here: 1. Female age is based on the length of ovipositor. 2. Females are wingless. 3. Adults males of this genera don't seem to have full length wings.
We can't be sure all the specimens here are the same species. But they do look very similar and most were found in the same area.

Copyright © 2015-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Jan-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.