First ALA records of elusive Leichhardt’s Grasshopper in Arnhem Land

20 January 2015

The first Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) record of the near-threatened Leichhardt’s Grasshopper (Petasida ephippigera) has been entered for Arnhem Land.

The brightly-coloured and culturally significant species was recorded by Aboriginal Yugul Mangi Rangers and ecologists Emilie-Jane Ens and Mitchell Scott as part of a CBA-ALA supported project to document species occurring in south eastern Arnhem Land.

The project will enter Western and Indigenous scientific knowledge into the ALA and produce a two-way Indigenous engagement case study to encourage more Indigenous content.