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Genus: Gryllotalpa (mole crickets)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Polyneoptera > Anartioptera > Orthopterida > Orthoptera > Ensifera > Grylloidea > Gryllotalpidae

Sixty-nine species, distributed across Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and southern North America, with four species native to southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Orthoptera Species File.

Gryllotalpa africana

Besides Africa, also recorded from Portugal, the Indian subcontinent and China.

Gryllotalpa devia

Endemic to southern Africa.


Gryllotalpa minuta

Endemic to southern Africa.

Gryllotalpa parva

Endemic to southern Africa.



  • Townsend, B.C. 1983. A revision of the Afrotropical mole-crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) 46: 175-203.