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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 


Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper - Goniaea opomaloides

Family Acrididae

This page contains pictures and information about the Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshoppers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.  

Female, body length 40mm
This is another species of grasshopper camouflages in dry gum leaf colour. This species is the smallest in size among the four species of Gumleaf Grasshoppers that we found. They are common in dry Eucalypts forest in Brisbane. They live in the dry leaf litter on ground. However, they are sometimes found feeding on green leaves trees. 
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The grasshopper has the brown body and yellowish to greenish blue hind wings. They have no or very minor trace of a carina. Most females have bluish purple hind tibiae although some females with reddish tibiae. Their antenna are uniform colour, same colour as body. 
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They rest among gum leaves on the forest ground. When we were bushwalking in the Eucalyptus forest in White Hill, Brisbane, we usually disturbed one or two of them for every step we walked. They jumped and flied to about a meter away and disappeared in the  the dry gum leaves background.


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Body length 30mm 
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Males are looked the same as female but smaller in size.
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In the photos, the male Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper was targeting a female of the wrong species. The female was the 5th instars nymph of Common Pardillana. 
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Young instars                                                       4th instars                                                             5th instars

1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p188.
2. A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts - DCF Rentz, RC Lewis, YN Su and MS Upton, 2003, p241.

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