western mole cricket
Gryllotalpa cultriger (Uhler 1864)


Identification:  The only mole cricket with four tibial claws known from the West. Length 26-31 mm, which is shorter than G. major and G. gryllotalpa, which are 35-50 mm.

Song:  Not known.

Remarks:  Only three specimens have been reported from the United States: one each from El Paso, Texas; "California"; and Lone Mt. Cemetery, San Francisco. All were collected prior to 1900. At least two Mexican specimens are known, one being from Fuerte, Sinaloa.

More information:  family Gryllotalpidae, genus Gryllotalpa

Reference:  Hebard 1935.

Nomenclature:  OSF (Orthoptera Species File Online)