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Cricket (Orthoptera, several families)Calperum sp. (genus)  

3 A recently described genera of pygmy cricket at Mount Painter

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Calperum sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Calperum sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Calperum sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018

Identification history

Cricket (Orthoptera, several families) Calperum sp. (genus) 4 Mar 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Cricket (Orthoptera, several families) Bobilla sp. (genus) 18 Mar 2018 RogerF
Cricket (Orthoptera, several families) Bobilla sp. (genus) 18 Mar 2018 CathB

Significant sighting

  4 Mar 2019

First record of this genus of Pygmy Cricket in the Canberra area, an undescribed possibly new species

6 comments

Youning wrote:
   21 Nov 2018
Calperum sp.
jgl wrote:
   4 Mar 2019
Youning Su is the Orthoptera scientist at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Canberra. He is currently publishing an Australian cricket field guide (in-press) with retired CSIRO scientist David Rentz. This specimen (genus) should be marked as a significant sighting: until very recently, the genus Calperum was known only from Calperum station just north of Renmark, South Australia, and from Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Very recently, a specimen was found near Round Hill, NSW (just north of Wagga Wagga). Finding this genus in Canberra is astonishing given its proximity to the Australian National Insect Collection, which has been sampling the Canberra insect fauna for nearly a century. After seeing this record Youning Su managed to collect a specimens, and established that these crickets were not active after 8 AM (but perhaps were active through the night). This unusual activity, apparently restricted to the early morning, is perhaps why they have never been recorded in the ACT.
RogerF wrote:
   4 Mar 2019
Indeed a great find, congratulations to Cath. Such small crickets are often overlooked and are good at avoiding cameras and close-ups. Was this specimen in grassland or woodland?
   4 Mar 2019
Well done Cath you legend.
jgl wrote:
   5 Mar 2019
Original description: Rentz, D.C.F. & Su, Y.N. 1996. New apterous Pygmy Crickets from Australia with notes on their habitats and re-evaluation of characters defining the Australian genera (Gryllidae: Nemobgiinae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 5: 185-198

Yet to be determined if its the same species
CathB wrote:
   5 Mar 2019
Thanks everyone. It was found very close to a fairly sharp boundary between woodland and grassland, but on the woodland side. This particular area was excluded from a prescribed burn in 2014.
When I checked my original photos, I discovered a second one taken at the time which is possibly slightly clearer. I will try to add it now.

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(family) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018 Reduviidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018 Zodariidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018 Adelium pustulosum at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Eriochilus cucullatus at Mount Painter - 16 Mar 2019
Chloropidae (family) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 12 Mar 2019
Eriochilus cucullatus at Mount Painter - 12 Mar 2019
Tiphiidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 23 Feb 2019
Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Painter - 22 Feb 2019
Dolophones conifera (TBC) at Mount Painter - 30 Jan 2019
Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Painter - 30 Jan 2019
Philoponella congregabilis at Mount Painter - 11 Jan 2019
Diphucrania sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 11 Jan 2019
Tiphiidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 11 Jan 2019
Cerdistus sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018
Diphucrania sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 28 Dec 2018
Glycine tabacina at Mount Painter - 24 Dec 2018
Wahlenbergia luteola at Mount Painter - 5 Dec 2018
Jalmenus icilius at Mount Painter - 5 Dec 2018
Helea ovata at Mount Painter - 4 Dec 2018
Agrypnus sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 4 Dec 2018
Arrade destituta at Mount Painter - 21 Nov 2018
Destolmia lineata at Mount Painter - 12 Nov 2018
Philobota impletella at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Cymbacha ocellata at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Camponotus suffusus at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Salpesia sp. (genus) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Homotrysis cisteloides at Mount Painter - 11 Nov 2018
Maratus purcellae at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2018
Chalcididae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 10 Nov 2018
Trichophthalma laetilinea at Mount Painter - 15 Oct 2018
Brachyloma daphnoides at Mount Painter - 15 Oct 2018
Philemon corniculatus at Mount Painter - 2 Oct 2018
Anthochaera carunculata at Mount Painter - 2 Oct 2018
Cryptandra amara at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Microseris walteri at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Diuris chryseopsis at Mount Painter - 26 Sep 2018
Diuris chryseopsis at Mount Painter - 24 Sep 2018
Philobota stella at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018
Mygalomorphae sp. (infraorder) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018
Unidentified Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 12 Sep 2018
Euryopis elegans (TBC) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018
Tamopsis sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018
Tamopsis sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 26 Aug 2018
Diuris chryseopsis at Mount Painter - 6 Aug 2018
Chalcididae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 4 Jul 2018
Camponotus sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 25 Jun 2018
Monomachus antipodalis at Mount Painter - 12 Jun 2018
Euryopis superba at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018
Diuris chryseopsis at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018
Diuris hybrid at Mount Painter - 24 May 2018
Chrysopidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 13 May 2018
Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Painter - 12 May 2018
Speculantha rubescens at Mount Painter - 12 May 2018
Boreoides subulatus at Mount Painter - 28 Apr 2018
Arasia mollicoma at Mount Painter - 27 Apr 2018
Metopochetus compressus at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Caladenia atrovespa at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Unidentified True fly (Diptera) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Glossodia major at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Eriochilus cucullatus at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Diplodium truncatum at Mount Painter - 26 Apr 2018
Iridomyrmex sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 25 Apr 2018
Simaethula sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018
Chorista australis at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018
Ommatoiulus moreleti at Mount Painter - 21 Apr 2018
Orthodera ministralis at Mount Painter - 20 Apr 2018
Cryptes baccatus at Mount Painter - 20 Apr 2018
Cychramptodes murrayi at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Thelymitra brevifolia at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Thelymitra megcalyptra at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Glossodia major at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Ceromitia leptostica at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Thelymitra pauciflora at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Diuris chryseopsis at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Coryphistes ruricola at Mount Painter - 18 Apr 2018
Speculantha rubescens at Mount Painter - 13 Apr 2018
Diplodium sp. at Mount Painter - 13 Apr 2018
Eriochilus cucullatus at Mount Painter - 13 Apr 2018
Pisauridae sp. (family) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 13 Apr 2018
Casbia pallens (Pale Casbia) at Mount Painter - 5 Apr 2018
Orgyia anartoides at Mount Painter - 5 Apr 2018
Pompilidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 5 Apr 2018
Theridiidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 5 Apr 2018
Nyctemera amicus at Mount Painter - 5 Apr 2018
Hednota bivittella at Mount Painter - 23 Mar 2018
Eriochilus cucullatus at Mount Painter - 23 Mar 2018
Ichneumonidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 23 Mar 2018
Cryptachaea veruculata at Mount Painter - 23 Mar 2018
Leptozestis sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 22 Mar 2018
Speculantha rubescens at Mount Painter - 22 Mar 2018
Tiphiidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 22 Mar 2018
Argyrodes sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 15 Mar 2018
Goniaea australasiae at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Lepidoscia arctiella at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Salpesia sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Neosparassus calligaster at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Stephanopis sp. (genus) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Servaea sp. (genus) (TBC) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Platyzosteria melanaria at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Salticidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Reduviidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Zodariidae sp. (family) at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018
Adelium pustulosum at Mount Painter - 14 Mar 2018

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