Pleioplectron simplex

Rhaphidophoridae  : Macropathinae

This would be better called the urban cave weta. It is very common in Christchurch and other North Canterbury towns where it is probably under every house that stands on piles. It is also present in sewers and covered drains of all sizes. As it is so common it does get into houses. It is present in many pine forests of the Canterbury Plains and, of course, the native forests of Banks Peninsula and the foothills. In native forest and shrublands it is often found with Isoplectron armatum but at those sites it tends to be within larger logs on the ground rather than under bark of standing trees. Pleioplectron pectinatum has been described also from Banks Peninsula but is probably just another name for the same species.

Text updated: 26/08/2012