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Green-legged Matchstick
Green-body Matchstick
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Mottled Matchstick 
Common Pyrgomorph
Musgrave's Psednura
Green Grass Pyrgimorph
Diving Grasshopper
Creek Grasshopper
Garden Bermius
Common Gesonula
Rice Grasshopper
Beautiful Methiola
Little Black-knees
Bicoloured Cedarinia
Eastern Inland Cedarinia
Peakesia Grasshopper
Apotropina & Perbelliina 
Epallia Grasshopper
Cooloola Shortwing
Wingless Grasshopper 
Mimetic Gumleaf Ghopper
Black-kneed Gum leaf Ghopr
Slender Gumleaf Ghopper
Gumleaf Grasshopper
Common Pardillana
Common Adreppus
Pale Stem Grasshopper  
Bark-mimicking Ghopper I
Bark-mimicking Ghopper II
Macrotona & Maclystriina
Handsome Macrotona
False Perloccia
Green-legs Grasshopper 
Spur-throated Locust
Giant Grasshopper
Froggatt's Buzzer
Golden Bandwing
Giant Green Slantface
Long-legged Bandwing 
Yellow-winged Locust 
Creek Pygmy Grasshopper
Forest Pygmy Grasshopper 
Unidentified Ghoppers 


Green-legged Matchstick - Callitala major


This page contains pictures and information about Green-legged Matchstick Grasshoppers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Male, body length 35mm
This Grasshopper is known as Matchstick Grasshopper. The grasshopper is not easily seen because of their well camouflage. Both male and female are wingless, with very elongated body. Their head is long and pointed. They have large compound eyes, this suggests that they are active at night.
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We recognized the ID of this Matchstick by the shape of the cercus at the end of male body and its antenna.   


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Pictures were taken on May 2009, Buhot Creek on Daisy Hills 
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Pictures were taken in Anstead Forest on Mar 2009. 
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We found this Matchstick on Acacia a few times, included the Queensland Sliver Wattle (Acacia podalyriifolia) and the Brisbane Wattle (Acacia fimbriata). They are also found on other plants in Eucalypt Forest.


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We took the above pictures at Northbrook Creek near Lake Wivenhoe. 
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This Matchstick Grasshopper has the slender and smooth body. It has the relatively long and straight antenna, with 13-15 segments (12 preorganal and 0.5-2.5 postorganal articles).   
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Pictures were taken in Ford Road Conservation Area on Apr 2008. The Matchstick was feeding leaves on a Brisbane Wattle. 
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Karawatha Forest Jan 2010. The Matchstick was struggling on a spider web.    

1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, plate224.
2. A generic and suprageneric classificatin of the Morabinae (Orthoptera : Eumastacidae), with description of the type species and a bibliography of the subfamily - K.H.L. Key, 1976, Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 24 (37) 1 - 185. 

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