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Green-legged Matchstick
Green-body Matchstick
Brown-striped Matchstick
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 


Matchstick Grasshoppers - Subfamily Morabinae


This page contains pictures and information about Matchstick Grasshoppers in subfamily Morabinae, family Eumastacidae, that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Members in this family are wingless. They are small to medium in size, usually grey-brown in colours. They are usually very elongated and slender, i.e., matchstick-like. They have long and cone-shaped head. The front and middle pairs of legs are short. They are well camouflaged and hide on trees or shrubs. Some associated with grasses. Most of them are nocturnal, i.e., feed and mate at the night. They rest on plants during the day. Some species are host specific while some others feed on wide range of plants. 
There are two subfamilies in Eumastacidae, the Morabinae and Biroellinae. All species we found in Brisbane are in Morabinae. The Biroellinae species are known as Tropical Monkey Grasshoppers which are expected to be seen in Brisbane. 
Some species are quite difficult to tell them apart from the Giant Green Slantface Grasshopper nymph. Species in this subfamily Morabinae can be recognized by the shape of the antenna (short and strongly ensiform). 

Green-legged Matchstick
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Callitala major, tribe Callitalini, male, female body length 35mm
This Matchstick Grasshopper has the slender and smooth body. It has the relatively long and straight antenna, with 13-15 segments. We found this Matchstick on Acacia a few times. They are also found on other plants in Eucalypt Forest. We have more infromation in this page.
Green-body Matchstick
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Carnarvonella sp., tribe Callitalini, body length 40mm, nymph 30mm 
This Matchstick Grasshopper has the relatively long and straight antenna, with 14-16 segments. Antennal top surface with a longitudinal ridge sulcate over most of its length. Please check this page for more information.
Brown-striped Matchstick
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Moritala hmta, tribe Callitalini, male, female, body length 40mm
This Matchstick has pale brown strips pattern along the body. This species can be found on shrubs or grasses. This Matchstick Grasshopper has the slender and smooth body. Male has the very long cultriform "tail". Please check this page for more informtion.
Matchstick Grasshopper
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? Malleolopha sp., tribe Callitalini, female body length 30mm, nymph 20mm
This Matchstick has the antenna with 13-14 segments. The body is mottled in colours. Please check this page for more information.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p387.
2. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p163.
3. 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.
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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