Spider Cricket
Adult Male, anterior
Spider Cricket
Immature Female, close up
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:     Immature Female, dorsal, ~10mm

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 required to get below genus level to species. Since we only photograph with a macro DSLR, we don't have the resolution for that type of work.
We have made some assumptions here: 1. Female age is based on the length of her ovipositor. 2. Females are wingless. 3. Adults males of this genera don't seem to have full length wings.
We can't be sure the specimens here are the same species. But they do look very similar and most were found on the same day.

Copyright © 2015-2023 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.