Critter of the Week: Chatham Islands' stag beetle

From Afternoons, 3:35 pm on 3 December 2021

Swept by Southern Ocean storms and isolated for 1.75 million years, the Chatham Islands are a treasure trove of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

This week’s critter is the Chatham Islands’ stag beetle. There are only two species of stag beetle surviving on the Chathams and both are endangered, living in fragmented habitats and vulnerable to predation.

Chatham Islands stag beetle

Chatham Islands stag beetle Photo: Danilo Hegg all rights reserved, used with permission