Insecta Oddities

By South Australian Museum

The Entomology and Collembola Collections at the South Australian Museum are comprised of animals in the classes Insecta (insects) and Collembola (more commonly referred to as ‘springtails’ — small, wingless, segmented creatures often mistaken for insects).

Cicindela Rivacindela leucothrix, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Cicindela hudsoni, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Apiocera maxima, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Exoneura eremophila, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Scaptia Pseudoscione guttipennis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Mandella albohirta, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Eristalinus punctulatus speconly, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Trichocolletes lacaris, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Cerdistus mcarthuri, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Bandidus xylotus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Citriphaga mixta, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Pogonus fennelli, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Cunderinia variabilis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Pedilophorus gemmatus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Pedilophorus gemmatus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Blackburnium darwinense, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Blackburnium seticolle, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Blackbolbus fucinus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Colpochila nobilis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Cryptoryctes tectus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Calloodes nitidissimus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Dicranolaius cyanocephalus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Sympetes acutifrons, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Byrrhomorpha ponderosa, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Helea intermedia, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Pedilophorus gemmatus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Calloodes nitidissimus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Castiarina rayclarkei, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Calotemognatha varicollis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Castiarina denmanensis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Castiarina chrysothoracica, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Castiarina lukini, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Castiarina garnettensis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Castiarina markhanloni, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Epicoma barnardi, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Oncopera intricoides, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Hesperilla xiphiphora, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Eucyclodes fascinans, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Cephrenes trichopepla, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Grammodes ocellata, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Telesto chrysotricha, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Niguza habroscopa, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Rhinotia semipunctata, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Citriphaga mixta, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Uracanthus maleficus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Uracanthus insignis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Tepperocoris vandijki, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Anaxilaus musgravei, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Scydmaenus tamborinensis, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Anthrenus, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Anthrenus anterio, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Buthumka orthoscutellata, South Australian Museum, 2016/2016, From the collection of: South Australian Museum
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Credits: Story

The Terrestrial Invertebrates are such a large group of organisms that the arachnids (spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites) have traditionally been a separate operational unit at the South Australian Museum. Terrestrial Invertebrates includes the remaining Arthropoda which constitute more than 90% of the known animal kingdom.

The Museum has had some of the longest history of terrestrial invertebrate research in Australian museums that dates back to the early 1900s. Most notable was the work by Herbert Womersley from 1933 to 1962 who published across a wide range of invertebrate fauna, and there are few current taxonomic studies on Collembola (springtails) and Acarology (mites) that do not have some reference to his work. Current research at the South Australian Museum benefits from the extensive Terrestrial Invertebrates Collection but other groups or regions are also a focus.

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