The Confusing Mole Cricket
Male, Rear Leg, under
Bush Katydid
S1 Male, dorsal
The Confusing Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa coarctata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: The Confusing Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa coarctata)
This Photo:     🔍Male, ventral🔎

Thank you Thaddeus Charles Jones for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
1st Record in SA on Atlas:
~31mm long.
It has hairy antennae, and is fact relatively furry.
Notice the powerful front claws for digging dirt & making tunnels. The rear legs have long spines for moving the loose dirt back.

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.