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CABI Book Chapter

The biology of wetas, king crickets and their allies.

Book cover for The biology of wetas, king crickets and their allies.


Wetas are native to New Zealand and in evolutionary terms are insect 'dinosaurs' within the Orthoptera. Related species occur in South Africa, Australia, North America and to a lesser extent, Europe. This book brings together all known information on these groups (mostly in superfamilies Stenopelmatoidea and Gryllacridoidea) to form a compendium of existing scientific knowledge for future biologic...

Chapter 3 (Page no: 57)

North and Central America Jerusalem crickets (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae): taxonomy, distribution, life cycle, ecology and related biology of the American species.

This paper deals with the taxonomy, geographical distribution, life cycle, ecology, defensive mechanisms, regeneration, karyotypes and endangered species of the North and Central America Jerusalem crickets (Orthoptera; Stenopelmatidae).

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) The higher classification, phylogeny and evolution of the superfamily Stenopelmatoidea. Author(s): Gorochov, A. V.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 35) Habitats and biogeography of New Zealand's deinacridine and tusked weta species. Author(s): Gibbs, G. W.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 73) South African king crickets (Anostostomatidae). Author(s): Toms, R. B.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 79) Australian king crickets: distribution, habitats and biology (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae). Author(s): Monteith, G. B. Field, L. H.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 95) The Gryllacrididae: an overview of the world fauna with emphasis on Australian examples. Author(s): Hale, R. J. Rentz, D. C. F.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 111) The evolutionary history of tree weta: a genetic approach. Author(s): Morgan-Richards, M. King, T. Trewick, S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 127) Morphology and anatomy of New Zealand wetas. Author(s): O'Brien, B. Field, L. H.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 163) Morphometric analysis of Hemideina spp. in New Zealand. Author(s): Field, L. H. Bigelow, R. S.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 179) Sexual selection and secondary sexual characters of wetas and king crickets. Author(s): Field, L. H. Deans, N. A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 205) Anatomy, development and behaviour of the Chilean red cricket, Cratomelus armatus Bl. Author(s): Angulo, A. O.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 225) The ecology of some large weta species in New Zealand. Author(s): McIntyre, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 243) The gallery-related ecology of New Zealand tree wetas, Hemideina femorata and Hemideina crassidens (Orthoptera, Anostostomatidae). Author(s): Field, L. H. Sandlant, G. R.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 259) Parasites of anostostomatid insects. Author(s): Wharton, D. A. Poulin, R. Tyrrell, C. L.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 271) Stridulatory mechanisms and associated behaviour in New Zealand wetas. Author(s): Field, L. H.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 297) Defence behaviour. Author(s): Field, L. H. Glasgow, S.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 317) Mating behaviour. Author(s): Field, L. H. Jarman, T. H.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 333) Aggression behaviour in New Zealand tree wetas. Author(s): Field, L. H.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 351) Communication and reproductive behaviour in North American Jerusalem crickets (Stenopelmatus) (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae). Author(s): Weissman, D. B.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 379) The reproductive biology and the eggs of New Zealand Anostostomatidae. Author(s): Stringer, I. A. N.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 399) Postembryonic development and related changes. Author(s): Stringer, I. A. N. Cary, P. R. L.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 429) Sensory physiology. Author(s): Field, L. H.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 459) Neuromuscular physiology and motor control. Author(s): Field, L. H.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 491) Circadian rhythms in tree wetas, Hemideina thoracica. Author(s): Lewis, R. D. York, A.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 509) Haemolymph physiology. Author(s): Neufeld, D. Leader, J.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 521) Conservation of threatened species of weta (Orthoptera: Anastostomatidae) in New Zealand. Author(s): Sherley, G.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2001
  • ISBN
  • 9780851994086
  • Record Number
  • 20083014950