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Black & White Cricket

Rhicnogryllus cf. bipunctatus

Description:

A beautiful tiny day cricket measuring at 8mm in length only. Body colored black and white. Fairly common. This species could possibly be a Rhicnogryllus bipunctatus, a species found only in Borneo and nearby islands.

Habitat:

Bushes in Uncle Tan Bed&Breakfast, Sepilok road, Sandakan, Sabah.

Notes:

>>>Map accuracy : 50m diameter. A very special thanks to Bayucca for identifying to a close species. An earlier spotting of this species from Gomantong forest 2 days ago http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/294...

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
Spotted Cricket
Rhicnogryllus cf. bipunctata


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10 Comments

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Thanks for the update, Bayucca.
Though it cannot get a confirmed species I still have to
thank you for being able to give an ID close enough.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Found another one from the Philippines:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/54...

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Chun, I got the feedback from Siegfried Ingrisch, the first describer. As usual and as a scientist they do not want fix themselves to ID it from just a picture and without comparing with their own material (DNA, genital specimens etc), what I fully understand. I confirmed the genus Rhicnogryllus, but think, that there might be other and probably not yet described species. So, I would go with Rhicnogryllus cf. bipunctata, so we are on the safe side.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Hi Yasser and Lauren, thanks for both of your lovely comments.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Beautiful little cricket! Love it.

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

Wonderful spotting and wonderful work as always by Detective Bayucca :) Chun, I've never seen anything like this! Thanks for sharing this great spotting.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

You have done it again, Bayucca.
The only specimen for Rhicnogryllus bipunctatus found online indeed looks like my spotting. Even the geographical location matches too.
I would definitely like to hear the describer's reply.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Trigonidiinae I would say and maybe, maybe, you never know or perhaps:
Rhicnogryllus sp.?? Rhicnogryllus bipunctata?? Spots look not bad, but colors are different. I will directly ask the first describer (!).
http://www.biologie.uni-ulm.de/systax/cg...

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Good you mentioned it Bayucca.
Here is a jumping spider I found nearby, certainly showing some resemblance.
http://images.plurk.com/1tsIaJx4hBjmDRNC...

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Cool cricket!! Looks like being a jumping spider mimic ;-)...

ChunXingWong
Spotted by
ChunXingWong

Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jun 8, 2010
Submitted on Dec 2, 2013

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