A specimen of a giant weta in Auckland Museum’s collections (AMNZ21862) is confirmed to be the holotype of Hemideina gigantea Colenso, 1882 and its provenance is established. Its current name is Deinacrida heteracantha White, 1842 (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae). It was collected in 1839 and is the oldest specimen of a New Zealand insect (or perhaps of any NZ land animal) in any New Zealand collection.
Other articles in this issue
The Marine Department of Auckland War Memorial Museum has nearly 1800 primary types and a further 1770 paratypes and paralectotypes types in its collections. The majority are molluscan and this first part of a catalogue of these collections reviews the types for 316 bivalve species.Read more
Three hundred and sixty-seven species (91% endemic to New Zealand) of micromollusc (greatest dimension of adult shell <10 mm) are recorded from the intertidal zone of northern New Zealand.Read more
One hundred and twelve species of marine ostracod are recorded from 0-29m depth around the Cavalli Islands, northeast Northland — the most diverse ostracod fauna from a relatively small area (10 km2) documented so far from New Zealand.Read more