This species of katydid is new to science and was named periclitatus ("endangered") because its habitat is now only a small forest of naturally occurring Podocarpus trees (a genus of conifers), surrounded by large plantations of introduced pine and eucalyptus.
The katydid is certainly in trouble as its home slowly diminishes in size – and it likely does not occur anywhere else, so its future is uncertain. They feed on grass, flowers and seeds and the males tend to produce a quiet song that can be heard by humans.
This species is almost certainly in trouble and its outlook is uncertain.
Piotr Naskrecki (Conservation International)