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Cicada (Alpine cicadas) Maoricicada genus

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:        Hemiptera
Family:      Cicadidae
Genus:       Maoricicada

Maoricicada is the smallest species of New Zealand cicadas (about 19 species) with a wingspan of around 29 millimetres and a body length of 14 millimetres. The Maoricicada species are restricted to rocky mountain tops. They are the only cicadas known that live in the high alpine zone.

Photo below is a Maoricicada cicada photographed on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing at an elevation of 0f 1680 m.