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Whinray’s Cave Cricket


Parvotettix whinrayiWhinray's Cave Cricket

Group:Arthropoda, Insecta (insects), Orthoptera (locusts, grasshoppers, crickets), Rhaphidophoridae
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: rare
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Not listed
Found only in Tasmania
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Whinrays Cave Cricket (Parvotettix whinrayi) is a small terrestrial cricket that occurs only on the Kent Group of islands in Bass Strait. It occupies near-coastal caves and under boulders on Deal, Erith, Dover and North East islands, and is reported from just 10 sites. There are no immediately identifiable threats to the species. However, factors such as illegal collection, possible competition with other invertebrates, predation by introduced rodents, climate change and stochastic events are considered as possible threats to the populations.

A complete species management profile is not currently available for this species. Check for further information on this page and any relevant Activity Advice.

Key Points

  • Important: Is this species in your area? Do you need a permit? Ensure you’ve covered all the issues by checking the Planning Ahead page.
  • Important: Different threatened species may have different requirements. For any activity you are considering, read the Activity Advice pages for background information and important advice about managing around the needs of multiple threatened species.


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Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image).

Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. . Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​