Ilparpa Claypans FaunaClam Shrimp Desert Trilling Frog (Neobatrachus sudellae) Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) Toadhopper (Buforania crassa)

The Toadhopper (Buforania crassa) is a plump spur-throated grasshopper found in the Northern Territory, Australia. The adult females have been seen to grow to a total length of 10 cm, with a thorax of about 3.5 cm wide.

They are often found on rocky substrate, camouflaging well against the red rocky ranges. They can also be seen on and sheltering under the plants that they feed on such as Maireana sp., Sclerolaena sp., Enchylaena tomatosa and Stemodia viscosa.1

The images here were of the Toadhopper at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT.

Toadhopper (Buforania crassa), Iparpa Claypans NT
Toadhopper (Buforania crassa), Iparpa Claypans NT
Toadhopper (Buforania crassa), Iparpa Claypans NT
Toadhopper (Buforania crassa), Iparpa Claypans NT

  • Scientific Classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Orthoptera
  • Suborder: Caelifera
  • Superfamily: Acridoidea
  • Family: Acrididae
  • Subfamily: Catantopinae
  • Tribe: Catantopini
  • Subtribe: Buforaniina
  • Genus: Buforania
  • Species: Buforania crassa

Footnote & References

  1. Grasshopper Field Guide for Alice Springs, Land for Wildlife & Garden for Wildlife, Central Australia, https://wildlife.lowecol.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/Grasshopper-Field-Guide-Alice-Springs.pdf

Ilparpa Claypans FaunaClam Shrimp Desert Trilling Frog (Neobatrachus sudellae) Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) Toadhopper (Buforania crassa)

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