; order Orthoptera, suborder Ensifera)
Fairly cosmopolitan family of relatively large, burrowing mole crickets, which are greatly modified for digging. They have large, fossorial fore legs, a strongly convex prothorax, reduced fore wings, a cylindrical abdomen, and no ovipositor. Some of the 50 or so species are wingless, and all stridulate.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.