Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa)

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Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa)
Spur-throated locust
Taxonomy
Family:Acrididae
Subfamily:Cyrtacanthacridinae
Genus:Austracris
Additional resources
Full taxonomy from OSF

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The Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa) is a large and notable species of locust found in Australia and New Zealand. Recognizable by the distinctive spur-shaped projection on its throat, this insect is known for its gregarious behavior, forming swarms that can pose a threat to agriculture. The Spur-throated locust is a polyphagous species, feeding on a wide range of plants, including crops and pastures. During periods of population increase, these locusts can undergo phase changes, transitioning from solitary individuals to highly mobile and destructive swarms. Efforts are often made to monitor and control their populations to mitigate potential damage to agricultural crops. Understanding the ecological dynamics and behavior of the Spur-throated locust is crucial for effective pest management in the regions it inhabits. Review information from the Australian Plague Locust Commission

Nomenclature

Austracris guttulosa (Walker, 1870). For full nomenclature, see this taxon's page on Orthoptera Species File.


Identification

Phase Stage Color Wings Legs
Gregarious nymph
Gregarious immature adult
Gregarious mature adult
Solitarious nymph
Solitarious immature adult
Solitarious adult

Identification resources

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
Agriculture Victoria Australian plague locust identification, biology and behaviour View URL Species identification, Biology, Behavior English Australia Agriculture Victoria 2022
APLC locust and grasshopper identification guide View URL Management, Species identification English Australia Australian Plague Locust Commission
Australian plague locust online learning module View URL Species identification, Biology, Behavior, Management English Australia Agriculture Victoria 2022
Locusts of Australia View URL Management, Species identification English Australia Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 2020
Orthoptera Species File View URL Species identification, Biology English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Orthoptera Species File Online



Distribution

Biology

Review information from the Australian Plague Locust Commission

Life cycle parameters
Phase Developmental time
Eggs
Hopper
Adult
Laying-fledging
Adult maturation
Total

Distribution

The major breeding areas are in the Gulf region of northern Australia in monsoonal tropical grasslands, extending south into the Central Highlands of Queensland. [1]
Review information from the Australian Plague Locust Commission

For more information and distribution records see [GBIF]

Habitat and ecology

Land-use change

Pest status

Recent outbreaks

Outbreak media coverage

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Organizations associated with the spur-throated locust

Organization Acronym Website Type Focus Focus keywords Geographic purview Species purview
Agriculture Victoria View URL Government Management, Education Management Australia Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis)
Australian National University ANU View URL University Research Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Australian Plague Locust Commission APLC View URL Government Management, Research, Governance Agricultural Development, Control, Coordination, Education, Emergency Assistance, Forecasting, Funding, Governance, Information Hub, International Development, Media, Monitoring, Policy, Regional Cooperation, Research, Sustainable Development, Technology, Training, Natural sciences Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Australian Research Council ARC View URL Government Funding Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry View URL Government Information Hub Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development DPI WA View URL Government Management Monitoring, Control, Forecasting, Training Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Department of Primary Industries and Regions PIRSA View URL Government Management, Development, Information Hub Control, Sustainable Development Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Land Care Australia LCA View URL Government Funding Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries NSW DPI View URL Government Education, Management Monitoring, Control, Forecasting, Training, Natural sciences Australia Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Yellow-winged locust (Gastrimargus musicus)
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD DPI View URL Government Management Monitoring, Control, Forecasting, Natural sciences Australia Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis), Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Migratory locust (Locusta migratoria)
Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food DPIRD View URL Government Information Hub, Governance, Management Coordination, Monitoring Australia Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), Spur-throated locust (Austracris guttulosa), Small plague grasshopper (Austroicetes cruciata), Eastern plague locust (Oedaleus australis)


Resources

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
Agriculture Victoria locust and grasshopper online reporting form View URL Report English Australia Agriculture Victoria
Australian Plague Locust Commission current locust situation View URL Locusts, Locust outbreaks, Outbreaks, Infestations, Distribution, Monitoring, Forecasting, Information hub, Weather, Rainfall English Australia Australian Plague Locust Commission
Australian Plague Locust Commission locust bulletin View URL Locusts, Monitoring, Migration, Forecasting, Advisory note, Weather, Rainfall, Behavior, Survey, Distribution, Map English Australia Australian Plague Locust Commission
CABI Green Muscle education videos View URL Video, Biological control, Biopesticide, Metarhizium acridum, Storage, Dosage, Application, PPE and cleaning Arabic, French, Russian, English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania 2021
Locusts in Queensland View URL Taxonomy, History, Distribution, Biology, Ecology, Management English Australia Queensland Government 2003
Sustainable use and conservation of microbial and invertebrate biological control agents and microbial biostimulants View URL Management, Biological control, Biopesticide English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International 2023


References

  1. Australian Plague Locust Commission. Australian Government, https://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/locusts. Accessed 8/11/21.