Animal Species:Common Macrotona Grasshopper

The Common Macrotona Grasshopper belongs to a group known as 'spur-throated grasshoppers'.

Standard Common Name

Common Macrotona Grasshopper

Identification

The distinctive feature of tthe spur-throated grasshoppers is the presence of a swelling on the 'throat' area between the front legs. Its colour varies from red through to grey. However, most individuals have a reddish bronze colouring behind the hind legs.

Size range

1.7 cm - 3.0 cm

Distribution

The Common Macrotona Grasshopper is found in south-eastern Australia in New South Wales and Victoria.

Habitat

The Common Macrotona Grasshopper is often found in association with spinifex grass in heath habitats. It also lives in urban areas.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Macrotona
Subfamily:
Catantopinae
Family:
Acrididae
Superfamily:
Acridoidea
Suborder:
Caelifera
Order:
Orthoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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