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.
Contents; Contributors; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Part I Systematics and Biogeography; 1 The Higher Classification, Phylogeny and Evolution of the Superfamily Stenopelmatoidea; 2 Habitats and Biogeography of New Zealand's Deinacridine and Tusked Weta Species; 3 North and Central America Jerusalem Crickets (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae): Taxonomy, Distribution, Life Cycle, Ecology and Related Biology of the American Species; 4 South African King Crickets (Anostostomatidae); 5 Australian King Crickets: Distribution, Habitats and Biology (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae) 6 The Gryllacrididae: An Overview of the World Fauna with Emphasis on Australian Examples7 The Evolutionary History of Tree Weta: A Genetic Approach; Part II Morphology and Anatomy; 8 Morphology and Anatomy of New Zealand Wetas; 9 Morphometric Analysis of Hemideina spp. in New Zealand; 10 Sexual Selection and Secondary Sexual Characters of Wetas and King Crickets; 11 Anatomy, Development and Behaviour of the Chilean Red Cricket, Cratomelus armatus Bl.; Part III Ecology; 12 The Ecology of Some Large Weta Species in New Zealand 13 The Gallery-related Ecology of New Zealand Tree Wetas, Hemideina femorata and Hemideina crassidens (Orthoptera, Anostostomatidae)14 Parasites of Anostostomatid Insects; Part IV Behaviour; 15 Stridulatory Mechanisms and Associated Behaviour in New Zealand Wetas; 16 Defence Behaviour; 17 Mating Behaviour; 18 Aggression Behaviour in New Zealand Tree Wetas; 19 Communication and Reproductive Behaviour in North American Jerusalem Crickets (Stenopelmatus) (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae) Appendix A: Effect of Temperature on Drumming Rates of Jerusalem Crickets (Stenopelmatus: Stenopelmatidae: Orthoptera)Part V Reproduction and Development; 20 The Reproductive Biology and the Eggs of New Zealand Anostostomatidae; 21 Postembryonic Development and Related Changes; Part VI Physiology; 22 Sensory Physiology; 23 Neuromuscular Physiology and Motor Control; 24 Circadian Rhythms in Tree Wetas, Hemideina thoracica; 25 Haemolymph Physiology; Part VII Conservation of Endangered Species; 26 Conservation of Threatened Species of Weta (Orthoptera: Anastostomatidae) in New Zealand; Index
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