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The adult Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid body shape resemble that of a gum leaf in shape and colour. They have hind legs that are longer then both their front and mid pair of legs and if you look closely, you can see that the legs have spines.

Terpandrus woodgeri is named after Joseph Henry Woodger, a British theoretical biologist and philosopher of biology.

Current documented observation include north-west Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The pictured Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), is in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Pictured is the female Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid with its obvious ovipositor (the long tubular structure used for laying eggs).

Revised to Complex Terpandrus tauwaa member of Predatory Gumleaf Katydids

There is a dispute about the species ID Terpandrus woodgeri, as it could also be species Terpandrus illamurta. The two can only be reliably distinguished by the song of the male.

Source: Matthew Connors, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/144915849
Woodger's Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), Alice Springs NT
Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), Alice Springs NT
Woodger's Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), Alice Springs NT
Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Orthoptera
  • Suborder: Ensifera
  • Infraorder: Tettigoniidea
  • Superfamily: Tettigonioidea
  • Families: Tettigoniidae
  • Subfamily: Listroscelidinae
  • Tribe: Terpandrini
  • Genus: Terpandrus
  • Species: Terpandrus woodgeri

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Cael David-Gallery, Facebook Australian Orthopteroids, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australian.orthopteroids/
  2. Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), iNaturalist, https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/602520-Terpandrus-woodgeri
  3. Australian Orthopteroids, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australian.orthopteroids
  4. Australian Orthopteroids, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/projects/australian-orthopteroids
  5. Joseph Henry Woodger, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Henry_Woodger (last visited Dec. 28, 2022).