Notoplectron campbellense female ©Janince Lord Notoplectron campbellense male & others ©Janince Lord Male (top) female (below) Icm scale bar

Notoplectron is a monotypic genus recorded only from the subantarctic Campbell Islands. The single small species is active at night on endemic megaherbs. The colour patterns in this species appear to be variable. A dark brown base is embelished with speckles and/or broad stripes in pale brown and nearly black. Like many other weta they forage on pollen when it is available.

Notoplectron campbellense Richards, 1964
Body length:  Male: 14 mm.    Female: 18 mm.     Ovipositor: 18 mm.
Antennae: Relatively short and stout, thickly clothed with short setae.    
Leg: body ratio
Fore:     1:1 =    14 mm.
Mid:     1:1  =    14 mm.
Hind:  1.6:1 =    22.4mm.         
Locality: Campbell Island, Tucker Valley, Jaquemart Island Notes: Male sub-genital plate bears two small tubercles, one either side of keel. Habitat: Moss on Dracophyllum trees, ex. Tussock, ex. Coprosma, moss, lichen, ex Lichen on Dracophyllum scoparium.


  • Hutton F.W. 1897. The Stenopelmatidae of New Zealand. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 29 : 224 – 22.
  • Richards. A.M.  1964. The Insects of Campbell Island. Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae of Auckland and Campbell Islands. Pacific Insect Monographs 7: 216-25