Subject: King Cricket Identification
Location: Warragul, Victoria, Australia
January 25, 2013 6:59 pm
I have found what I believe to be some form of king cricket (Anostostomatidae), however I cannot find exactly what it is. I was wondering if you could help me define exactly what this is (Genus and species).
My intentions are to keep it as a pet until I receive supplies for a pinning board, then this will hopefully be my first pinned insect, I would love it if it could be labelled correctly.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Signature: Ian Melbourne
We have not been able to locate a reliable online source for identifying King Crickets in the family Anostostomatidae to the species level. Your individual is a male and it looks very much like this image posted to FlickR. According to the Journal of Orthoptera Research: “The Anostostomatidae, the family of Weta and King Crickets, is predominantly a southern hemispheric group and is represented by many species in Australia and New Zealand and a fre in New Guinea and New Caledonia. The known faunas in southern Africa, Madagascar and Central America are apparently extensive, yet individual species are poorly known and there is still come confusion in the taxonomic hierarchy. The relationships between the genera and species are very poorly known and at least the Australasian faunas have many yet to be described. They are nearly all predators …”.
Perhaps one of our readers will have more information.