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Family: Stenopelmatidae (king 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

Maxentius pallidus

The only genus of stenopelmatids in South Africa is Maxentius and the species occurring in the Western Cape is Maxentius pallidus. This species can sometimes be found under rocks. It lives underground by day and comes out at night to feed.

 See also Anostostomatidae, members of which used to be placed in the Stenopelmatidae


  • Field, L.H. (ed.) 2001. The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and their Allies. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.


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