Gumleaf Grasshopper

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Gumleaf Grasshopper

Goniaea australasiae


When disturbed, these grasshoppers use their strong legs to first jump away, then they fly a few metres. The nymphs are wingless versions of the adults.


Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Insect - Grasshopper
Identifying Characteristics

Orange-grey body, males up to 35 mm in length and females up to 52 mm in length. Both males and females have wings.

Distinctive Markings

Resembles a dry gum leaf. Arched crest on thorax.

Diet

Herbivore. Feeds on dead eucalypt leaves.

Habitat

Eucalypt forest and woodland floor.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Orthoptera
Family
Acrididae
Genus
Goniaea
Species
australasiae
Found throughout Australia, including across Victoria.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.