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Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (European mole cricket)

Synonyms: Acheta gryllotalpa; Gryllotalpa vulgaris; Gryllus talpa
Language: French; German

Wikipedia Abstract

Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, commonly known as the European mole cricket, is widespread in Europe and has been introduced to the eastern United States. The scientific name is derived from the Latin 'gryllus' meaning a cricket and 'talpa', a mole, and is descriptive because of the fine dense fur by which it is covered and its subterranean habits, and because of the mole-like forelegs adapted for digging, a good example of convergent evolution.
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Prey / Diet

Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena (Irish potato)[1]


Asio otus (Long-eared Owl)[1]
Felis chaus furax (Jungle cat)[2]
Lanius senator (Woodchat Shrike)[3]
Myotis myotis (mouse-eared bat)[4]
Vormela peregusna (Marbled Polecat)[5]



Europe (Northern Europe, Middle Europe, Southwestern Europe, Southeastern Europe, East Europe); Africa (Northern Africa, Western Indian Ocean); Asia-Temperate (Middle Asia, Western Asia, Arabian Peninsula); Northern America (Northeastern U.S.A., Southeastern U.S.A.); Europe(Northern Europe, Middle Europe, Southwestern Europe, Southeastern Europe, East Europe); Africa(Western Indian Ocean); Asia-Temperate(Middle Asia, Western Asia, Arabian Peninsula); Northern America(Northeastern U.S.A., Southeastern U.S.A.); Type locality: Australasia, Australia, Queensland, Dunk Island;

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1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2THE PARASITIC FAUNA AND THE FOOD HABITS OF THE WILD JUNGLE CAT FELIS CHAUS FURAX DE WINTON, 1898 IN IRAQ, Mohammad K. Mohammad, Bull. Iraq nat. Hist. Mus. (2008) 10(2): 65-78
3Hunting behaviour and diet of migratory Woodchat Shrikes (Lanius senator) in Eastern Romania, ATTILA D. SANDOR, ISTVAN MATHS and IMRE SIMA, BIOLOGICAL LETT. 2004, 41(2): 167-173
4Feeding behaviour and foraging strategy of free-living mouse-eared bats, Myotis myotis and Myotis blythii, R. ARLETTAZ, Anim. Behav., 1996, 51, 1–11
5Vormela peregusna, Wanda A. Gorsuch and Serge Larivière, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 779, pp. 1-5 (2005)
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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