Miotopus
 

Miotopus diversus male Taranaki Steve trewick Male (top) female (bottom) Icm scale bar

Miotopus has recently been reestablished (Fitness et al. 2018). The nominate species was originally placed in Pleioplectron by Hutton, but he later moved it to the new genus Miotopus when additional specimens became available. Richards (1959) suggested it be returned to Pleioplectron.
Miotopus now includes two species, with M. diversus predominant in the North Island and the newly described species M. richardsi Fitness et al. 2018 primarily in South Island. However, the two species co-occur in the Nelson/Marlborough and Taranaki regions.

Miotopus diversus Hutton, 1899
A stout dark bodied insect described from North Island usually found near ground level in forests at night.

Apical spines on fore and mid tibia with the combination 1,1,1,1.
Apical spines on tibiae are 4,4,8.
Body length ~13.5mm,  pronotum 5mm. Ovipositor 11.5mm.
Antennae: Notably the antennae of the male is thicker than the female.
Legs:   Hind tibia 13–17mm
Habitat: Forest litter.
Location: Primarily North Island

Miotopus richardsi Fitness et al., 2018.
A stout dark bodied insect from South Island (primarily) where it is found widely in forest habitats and caves. It has been recorded from Stewart Island, Southland northwards along the west coast to the Marlborough Sounds. It is also recorded in Taranaki. Most distinctive is the the presence of three pairs of long spines on the hind tibiae.

Apical spines on fore and mid tibia with the combination 1,1,1,1.
Apical spines on tibiae are 4,4,8 (rarely 7).
Body length ~15.5 mm, pronotum 5mm. Ovipositor 15.75 mm
Legs:  Hind tibia 20–29mm
Location: Primarily Wetter parts of South Island

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