Petasida ephippigera White, 1845

Leichhardt’s grasshopper, alyurr



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1904 or earlier (almost certainly 1800's)
Rediscovered on 30 July 1971 (Calaby & Key, 1973)



Northern Territory, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

White, A. (1845). Descriptions and figures of four new species of Australian insects, pp. 432-4 and pl. 4 in “Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia.” E. J.Eyre, vol. I, App. D. London: T. & W. Boone.


Other references:

Anon. (1997). Research sparks concern for grasshopper's survival. University News October 21 1997. University of Queensland.

BolÍvar, I. (1904). Notas sobre los Pirgomórfidos (Pyrgomorphidae). VI. Subfam. Poecilocerinae. Bal. Sac. esp. Hist. nat. 4: 432-9.

Calaby, J. H. and Key, K. H. L. (1973). Rediscovery of the spectacular Australian grasshopper Petasida ephippigera White (Orthoptera: Pyrgomorphidae). Australian Journal of Entomology 12(3): 161-164.

Clarke, Geoffrey M. and Spier-Ashcroft, Fiona. (2003). A Review of the Conservation Status of Selected Australian Non-Marine Invertebrates. Canberra: Environment Australia.

Fletcher, M. T., Lowe, L. M., Kitching, W., and Konig, W. A. (2000). Chemistry of Leichhardt's grasshopper, Petasida ephippigera, and its host plants, Pityrodia jamesii, P. ternifolia, and P. pungens. Journal of Chemcial Ecology 26: 2275-2290.

Greenslade, P. and Lowe, L. (1998). Leichhardt's Grasshopper. Nature Australia Autumn: 20.

Key, K. H. L. (1969). The primary types of the Australian Pyrgomorphidae (Orthoptera: Acridoidea). Aust. J. Zool. 17: 353-414.

Key, K. H. L. (1985). Monograph of the Monistriini and Petasidini (Orthoptera: Pyrgomorphidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 107 (Supplement).

Lowe, L. (1995). Preliminary investigations of the biology and management of Leichhardt's grasshopper, Petasida ephippigera White. Journal of Orthoptera Research 4: 219-221.

Rehn, J. A. G. (1953). The Grasshoppers and Locusts (Acridoidea) of Australia. 11. Family Acrididae (Subfamily Pyrgomorphinae). Melbourne: CSIRO.

Rentz, D. C. (1996). Grasshopper Country: The Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia. Kensington, NSW: University of New South Wales Press.


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