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Ellura Sanctuary 20 Dec 2017

Dog-eared Stick-insect (Hyrtacus tuberculatus), adult male

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Sighted 13 Dec 2017
Swan Reach SA 5354, Australia

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  • Ellura Sanctuary 20 December 2017
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    Ellura Sanctuary says

    Damn, it's not on the Bowerbird database! Please don't officially id it unless you disagree with my id. I'll add it to Atlas directly and any id here will create a duplicate record. Confirmation would be most appreciated (or finding a synonym to id from here). Atlas has a synonym of Bacteria frenchi, but that didn't work either. About 50-55mm, wingless. No wing stubs either. Has "2 spines between the eyes". It's obviously well camouflaged as a spider has made cobwebs on it :-) Red patches underneath and white thorax streaks at the leg joints. Cheers Brett

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  • Ellura Sanctuary 21 December 2017
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    Ellura Sanctuary says

    Thanks so much Matthew :-) We let him go to do his business ;-) But I did get one fuzzy shot of the end of the abdomen. Have added it above. Probably better than nothing. Cheers Brett

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  • Matthew Connors 21 December 2017
    Tagged With hyrtacus
    Matthew Connors says

    I can't find a synonym for H. tuberculatus anywhere in the system, but I can confirm that it is indeed an adult male of that species. There don't appear to be any other good photos of males online so these are quite valuable - if you still have him it would be good to get a closeup lateral photo of the end of the abdomen, but if not these photos are still excellent!

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