Deinacrida elegans Gibbs, 1999:315



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1957

Rediscovered in 1988



South Island, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Gibbs, G. W. (1999). Four new species of giant weta, Deinacrida (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae: Deinacridinae) from New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 29(4): 307-324.


Other references:

Gibbs, G. (1994). The Demon Grasshoppers. New Zealand Geographic 21: 90-117.

Trewick, S., Hegg, D., Morgan-Richards, M., Murray, T., Watts, C., Johns, P. and Michel, P. (2022). Conservation status of Orthoptera (wētā, crickets and grasshoppers) in Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 39. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 28 pp.

Trewick, Steve, Johns, Peter, Hitchmough, Rod, Rolfe, Jeremy and Stringer, Ian. (2016). Conservation status of New Zealand Orthoptera, 2014. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 16. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 15 pp.

van Wyngaarden, Frans. (1995). The ecology of the Tekapo ground weta (Hemiandrus new sp.; Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae) and recommendations for the conservation of a threatened close relative. Unpublished thesis. [automatic download]


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