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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Genus Deinacrida, White

Genus Deinacrida, White.

I have now to describe another new species of Weta, which has been in my son's collection for some years. It was obtained by Mr. J. Brough in the Nelson Provincial District, and sent over preserved in spirits. Unfortunately the antennæ are wanting, but in every other respect the specimen is perfect. It seems to belong to the genus Deinacrida, and comes nearer to my Deinacrida rugosa than to D. heteracantha; but it is very small, even as compared with the former, and has other distinguishing features.

I exhibit this rare specimen alongside of the larger species. In addition to its diminutive size, it will be seen that the dorsal segments, or dermal plates if I may so term them, have a peculiar emarginate character, presenting the appearance of of a miniature coat of mail.