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RNZ Critter of the Week is a weekly radio broadcast by Nicola Toki of the Department of Conservation and host Jesse Mulligan on New Zealand species both endangered and neglected. Each week's broadcast is supported by improving the Wikipedia article for the species in question, as discussed in this interview. This project page exists so Wikipedians can see what needs work, and so interested parties (including the show's presenters) can see what has already been covered.

The Critter of the Week project has been proposed as a lightning talk for the 2018 ESEAP Conference in Indonesia, and slides, notes, and video will be linked here if the proposal is successful.

Common name Latin name Broadcast Status
Powelliphanta augusta Mt Augustus snail 12 Oct 2018 C, needs updating and rewriting
Tmesipteris horomaka Banks Peninsula fork fern 5 Oct 2018 Needs creation; genus exists, needs improvement
Wainuia urnula New Zealand microsnails 28 Sep 2018 Stub, needs photos
Heloxycanus patricki Sphagnum porina moth 21 Sep 2018 Start
Ranunculus viridis Mt Allen buttercup 14 Sep 2018 Stub, needs expansion
Antipathella fiordensis Black coral 7 Sept 2018 Start, added photos
Pterodroma axillaris Chatham petrel 31 Aug 2018 Start, needs photos and more info
Hamilton's frog Leiopelma hamiltoni 24 Aug 2018 Start, needs expansion and more images
Waiuatua Euphorbia glauca 17 Aug 2018 Stub
Burgan skink Oligosoma burganae 10 Aug 2018 Stub, needs expansion and photo
Antipodes parakeet Cyanoramphus unicolor 3 Aug 2018 Start, needs expansion
New Zealand fish-guts plant Chenopodium detestans 27 Jul 2018 Needs creation
New Zealand glowworm Arachnocampa luminosa 20 Jul 2018 OK but needs a good edit
Southern right whale Eubalaena australis 13 Jul 2018 B, could do with editing
New Zealand hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus 6 Jul 2018 OK, needs cleanup
Eyelash seaweed Dione arcuata 29 Jun 2018 (needs creation)
Red-billed gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae 22 Jun 2018 (needs work)
New Zealand freshwater crab Amarinus lacustris 15 Jun 2018 OK, added info and pic
Speargrass weevil Lyperobius huttoni 8 Jun 2018 Created
New Zealand falcon Falco novaeseelandiae 1 Jun 2018 (needs expansion)
Slender button daisy Leptinella filiformis 25 May 2018 Created
Rangatira spider Dolomedes schauinslandi 18 May 2018 OK, updated
White-bellied skink Oligosoma hoparatea 11 May 2018 (need creation)
Northland green gecko Naultinus grayii 4 May 2018 (Needs expansion)
Kōtuku Ardea alba modesta 27 Apr 2018 OK, needs note on taxonomy
Giant kōkopu Galaxias argenteus 20 Apr 2018 Improved
Shrubby tororaro Muehlenbeckia astonii 13 Apr 2018 Expanded
Pseudoscorpions Pseudoscorpiones 6 Apr 2018 Pretty good
Teviot flathead galaxias Galaxias "Teviot" 23 Mar 2018 (Needs creation)
Bonking grass moth Asaphodes frivola 16 Mar 2018 Created
Toheroa Paphies ventricosa 9 Mar 2018 (Desperately needs expansion)
Mottled petrel Pterodroma inexpectata 2 Mar 2018 (Needs expansion)
Te Kakahu skink Oligosoma tekakahu 23 Feb 2018 Expanded, refs, pic
Paua slug Schizoglossa novoseelandica 16 Feb 2018 (needs tidying up and more photos)
Prostrate tangle broom Carmichaelia juncea 9 Feb 2018 (needs creation)
Swamp helmet orchid Corybas carsei 2 Feb 2018 Created, sourced pics
Cabbage tree moth Epiphryne verriculata 26 Jan 2018 Added pic and more info
New Zealand native bees Leioproctus 15 Dec 2017 (Only Leioproctus fulvescens exists)
New Zealand cicadas Amphipsalta, Rhodopsalta, Maoricicada, Notopsalta, Kikihia 8 Dec 2017 (Genera are all stubs, only a couple of species created)
Ōhau rock daisy Pachystegia 1 Dec 2017 (needs creation if we can get photos)
Flax snail Placostylus 24 Nov 2017 (needs cleanup and expansion, and photos)
Long-tailed bat Chalinolobus tuberculatus 17 Nov 2017 OK (still needs photos)
Giant springtail Holacanthella 10 Nov 2017 created
Cook's scurvy grass Lepidium oleraceum 3 Nov 2017 (needs pics)
South Island lichen moth Declana egregia 27 Oct 2017 Created
Giant centipede Cormocephalus rubriceps 20 Oct 2017 (needs expansion)
Wrybill Anarhynchus frontalis 13 Oct 2017 OK (needs work)
Chevron skink Oligosoma homalonotum 6 Oct 2017 Short but OK
Pāua Haliotis 29 Sep 2017 Reasonable
Hochstetter's frog Leiopelma hochstetteri 22 Sep 2017 OK (needs updating)
Kakabeak Clianthus 15 Sep 2017 OK (both spp. need expansion and rewrite)
Leopard seal Hydrurga leptonyx 8 Sep 2017 OK
Bat-winged fly Exsul singularis 1 Sep 2017 (needs creation)
Back beach beetle Bembidion tillyardi 25 Aug 2017 created
Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus 18 Aug 2017 Good Article
Kawakawa looper moth Cleora scriptaria 11 Aug 2017 created
Eldon's galaxias Galaxias eldoni 4 Aug 2017 expanded, added images
Fur seal Arctocephalus forsteri 28 Jul 2017 added image
Vegetable caterpillar Ophiocordyceps robertsii 21 Jul 2017 created
Tardigrade Tardigrada 14 Jul 2017 good
Northern giant petrel Macronectes halli 7 Jul 2017 Improved
Jewelled gecko Naultinus gemmeus 30 Jun 2017 Needs expansion
Great white shark Carcharodon carcharias 23 Jun 2017 Good
Dog vomit slime mold Fuligo septica 16 Jun 2016 OK (Need XKCD reference)
Bubblegum coral Paragorgia 9 Jun 2017 (NZ species may not exist, just Atlantic?)
Blind electric ray Typhlonarke aysoni 2 Jun 2017 OK
Chatham Islands forget-me-not Myosotidium hortensia 26 May 2017 (Needs expansion)
Mole cricket Triamescaptor aotea 19 May 2017 created
Kauri snail Paryphanta 12 May 2017 (Needs expansion)
Castle Hill buttercup Ranunculus paucifolius 5 May 2017 (Needs creation)
New Zealand sea lion Phocarctos hookeri 28 Apr 2017 good
New Zealand large carabids Mecodema 21 Apr 2017 (needs expansion)
Spirits Bay liverwort Frullania wairua 7 Apr 2017 (needs creation)
New Zealand sundews Drosera stenopetala 1 Apr 2017 good
Fiordland penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus 24 Mar 2017 improved
Harlequin gecko Tukutuku rakiurae 17 Mar 2017 (needs expansion)
Torrentfish Cheimarrichthys fosteri 10 Mar 2017 added photos
Child's grasshopper Sigaus childi 3 Mar 2017 improved
Orange-fronted parakeet Cyanoramphus malherbi 24 Feb 2017 OK, some edits
Mokohinau stag beetle Geodorcus ithaginis 17 Feb 2017 improved, added photo
Mardo Antechinus flavipes 10 Feb 2017 OK
New Zealand fairy tern Sternula nereis davisae 3 Feb 2017 (needs images, expansion)
Sooty beech scale insects Ultracoelostoma 27 Jan 2017 (Genus and species need creation)
Puriri moth Aenetus virescens 23 Dec 2016 (needs expansion)
Chesterfield skink Oligosoma sp. 16 Dec 2016 (needs creation – only a tag name?)
Cooper's black potato orchid Gastrodia cooperae 9 Dec 2016 (needs creation)
Werewere-kokako Entoloma hochstetteri 2 Dec 2016 OK
Fischer's egg Claustula fischeri 2 Dec 2016 (needs expansion)
Nudibranchs Nudibranchia 25 Nov 2016 good
Bluff weta Deinacrida elegans 18 Nov 2016 (oh God, what a mess)
Fred the Thread Houdinia flexilissima 11 Nov 2016 (needs images, expansion)
Maud Island frog Leiopelma pakeka 4 Nov 2016 improved
Mistletoes Korthalsella salicornioides 28 Oct 2016 improved
Coxella weevil Hadramphus spinipennis 21 Oct 2016 improved
Snipe Coenocorypha 14 Oct 2016 OK (could use more photos)
Dune swale daphne Pimelea actea 7 Oct 2016 created
Nelson cave spider Spelungula 30 Sep 2016 (needs image, expansion)
Forest ringlet Dodonidia helmsii 23 Sep 2016 fixed name, expanded
Giant bush dragonflies Uropetala 16 Sep 2016 images, created 1 page
Cook Strait click beetle Amychus granulatus 9 Sep 2016 OK
Duvaucel's gecko Hoplodactylus duvaucelii 2 Sep 2016 (needs edits, photos)
Otago skink Oligosoma otagense 26 Aug 2016 (needs more text)
Te Paki stick insect Tepakiphasma ngatikuri 19 Aug 2016 created
Feather lice Harrisoniella hopkinsi 12 Aug 2016 created
Short-tailed bat Mystacina tuberculata 5 Aug 2016 OK, improved
Whenua Hou diving petrel Pelecanoides whenuahouensis 29 Jul 2016 improved
Lichen moth rediscovered in 2016 Izatha caustopa 22 Jul 2016 images
Alpine gecko Mokopirirakau kahutarae 15 Jul 2016 improved (genus to create)
Mahoenui giant wētā Deinacrida mahoenui 8 Jul 2016 improved, images
Red admiral Vanessa gonerilla 1 Jul 2016 improved
Kākahi Echyridella menziesii 24 Jun 2016 improved
Cromwell chafer Prodontria lewisi 17 Jun 2016 improved, images
Cobble skink Oligosoma sp. 10 Jun 2016 created
Pīngao Ficinia spiralis 3 Jun 2016 improved
New Zealand praying mantis Orthodera novaezealandiae 27 May 2016 fairly OK
Coastal peppercress Lepidium banksii 20 May 2016 created
Inanga Galaxias maculatus 13 May 2016 improved
Mercury Islands tusked weta Motuweta isolata 6 May 2016 created
Shore plover Thinornis novaeseelandiae 29 Apr 2016 improved
Black stilt Himantopus novaezelandiae 21 Apr 2016 improved
Katipo Latrodectus katipo 15 Apr 2016 good
South Island kōkako Callaeas cinereus 8 Apr 2016 improved
Tadpole shrimp Lepidurus apus 1 Apr 2016 improved
Giraffe weevil Lasiorynchus barbicornis 24 March 2016 improved, images
Longfin eel Anguilla dieffenbachii 18 Mar 2016 improved
New Zealand giant landsnails Powelliphanta 11 Mar 2016 improved
Foveaux shag Leucocarbo stewarti 4 Mar 2016 created (nope, it's been merged back into L. chalconotus
Otago shag Leucocarbo chalconotus 4 Mar 2016 improved
Hutton's shearwater Puffinus huttoni 26 Feb 2016 improved, images
Wood rose Dactylanthus taylorii 19 Feb 2016 improved, images
Lamprey Geotria australis 12 Feb 2016 image
Open Bay Islands leech Hirudobdella antipodum 5 Feb 2016 improved
New Zealand trapdoor spiders Cantuaria 29 Jan 2016 (add pics, move general material from C. dendyi)
Rock wren Xenicus gilviventris 22 Jan 2016 improved, images
Parapara Pisonia brunoniana 18 Dec 2015 (expand)
Stygofauna Phreatogammarus fragilis 11 Dec 2015 (pic, intro)
Australasian bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus 4 Dec 2015 (expand, pics)
Robust grasshopper Brachaspis robustus 27 Nov 2015 OK
Koura Paranephrops 20 Nov 2015 improved, images
Peripatus Onychophora 13 Nov 2015 fixed
Gordian worm Nematomorpha 6 Nov 2015 OK
Archey's frog Leiopelma archeyi 30 Oct 2015 (expand into sections, pics)
Canterbury knobbed weevil Hadramphus tuberculatus 23 Oct 2015 (expand)
Leaf-veined slug Athoracophorus 16 Oct 2015 (images, any info on group?)
Canterbury mudfish Neochanna burrowsius 9 Oct 2015 (image, expand but OK)
Batfly Mystacinobia zelandica 2 Oct 2015 (image, edit)
Gravel maggot Smeagol 17 Sep 2015 (expand)

Some ideas for potential future critters, emphasising ones that are both 1. endangered and 2. not cute. 

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