Phasmatodea Cultures

At present more than 200 species of phasmids are bred in captivity. Whether for scientific purposes or as pets, it is important and very useful for serious breeders to obtain information about each stock in order to provide the best environmental conditions depending on the natural habitat and also not to mix different populations of the same species. Mixing different stocks can cause the loss of particular characteristics:

Phenotype: particular morphological characteristics of a population (Colour, ornamentation, etc).

Genotype: forget about sentences like..."it is good to renew blood from time to time"; see section "myths and legends".

Cryptic species: Sometimes it happens that several different species are grouped in a single species because it is not possible to differentiate them at a morphological level. Keeping the different stocks separated helps to prevent this kind of errors and allows scientists to confirm if they are the same species or not, by an integrative taxonomic approach (morphological, molecular, ecological analysis, etc).

PSG list and CLP list

PSG and CLP lists were born from "Phasmid Study Group" and "Phasma" respectively. These are the 2 biggest associations of enthusiasts of phasmids. In the beginning, the main objective of both lists was to maintain control of the stocks that have been imported. Nonetheless, nowadays both lists are full of errors (wrong identifications, scientific names not updated, lack of information of the collecting event, lack of photos, etc.). That is why we have decided to present and bring together all known information about each of the stocks that are bred or have been bred in captivity in this website, and step by step try to correct as many mistakes as possible. For this purpose, these are the steps we plan to do:

  1. Merge all the info known from CLP and PSG lists. (done)
  2. Update all the scientific names. (done)
  3. Upload pictures of each stock and confirm or correct the ID. (in progress)
  4. Try to find the missing info for each stock. (in progress)
  5. After completing the previous steps, stocks that can not be verified (lack of photos, sampling data, etc.) will be removed from this list.

IMPORTANT!

  • Due to the huge amount of information that needs to be reviewed, the list is not fully updated for now!. We suggest trusting only in stocks containing photos.
  • If you have doubts about the changes in the names of the stocks, "HERE" you can find a list with all the updated stocks, their previous names and the reason for the change.

 

What is a “stock”?

Each isolated population, populations that are far away from each other or living in a very different habitat should be considered as different stocks, it does not matter if they are the same species or not. For example, populations from different mountains, valleys, islands, etc. but also from a single mountain with very different habitats depending on the altitude. It would be possible to find a low altitude population and a slightly different population at high altitude (ornamentation, size, etc.); even if they look alike, they should be kept as different stocks.

How to differ each stock?

Our proposal to name the different stocks is to include the origin of the stock after the name of the species and in quotation marks (as a keyword). E.g. Anisomorpha buprestoides "Ocala": Anisomorpha buprestoides is the scientific name of the species and "Ocala" refers to the place where this stock was found (Ocala National Forest, Orlando, U.S.A.)

This is why it is important to know the origin as accurate as possible, to avoid confusion with future stocks from a nearby area but different mountain, habitat, etc.

IMPORTANT! If you are not sure about the origin of your stock or if it has been mixed with others, then you should never include the keyword after the scientific name.

E.g. There are several stocks of Extatosoma tiaratum and it is known that a lot of breeders mixed them. So, if you are not sure if your stock is pure or not, then you should name it (e.g.) Extatosoma tiaratum and not Extatosoma tiaratum “Inisfail”.

 

 

 

 

 

Stock name CLP PSG In culture
Clitumninae sp. "Khao Yai" 160 229 Clitumninae sp. "Khao Yai" In culture
Clitumnini sp. "Cat Tien" 650 In culture
Clitumnini sp. "Tam Dao" 602 Clitumnini sp. "Tam Dao" Probably lost
Clitumnini sp. Bangladesh 150 219 Probably lost
Clitumnini sp. ‘’Chu Yang Sin’’ In culture
Clitumnus sp. "Cuc Phuong" 527 In culture
Clitumnus sp. "Da Krong" 568 Probably lost
Clitumnus sp. "Sangihe Island" 335 Probably lost
Clonaria conformans "Nakhon Ratchasima" 156 225 Clonaria conformans "Nakhon Ratchasima" In culture
Clonaria fritzschei 127 179 Clonaria fritzschei (Zompro, 2000) In culture
Clonaria libanica 487 Probably lost
Clonaria luethyi "Koh Tao" 149 218 Clonaria luethyi "Koh Tao" In culture
Clonaria natalis 337 Probably lost
Clonaria sp. 280 141 Clonaria sp. Probably lost
Clonaria sp. 281 142 Probably lost
Clonaria sp. "Arusha" 297 206 Probably lost
Clonaria sp. "Bukima" Clonaria sp. "Bukima" Probably lost
Clonaria sp. "Phan Thiet" Unknown
Clonaria sp. "Phu Quoc" In culture
Clonaria sp. "Phuket" 603 In culture
Clonaria sp. "Sega Forest" 262 102 Probably lost
Clonaria sp. "Windhoek" 735 Probably lost
Clonistria bartholomaea "Grenada Island" 119 168 Clonistria bartholomaea "Grenada Island" Probably lost
Clonistria guadeloupensis 338 Clonistria guadeloupensis Probably lost
Clonistria sp. "Martinique" 340 Clonistria sp. "Martinique" Probably lost
Clonistria sp. "St. Andrews" Unknown
Clonistria sp. "St. Lucia" 126 178 Unknown
Clonopsis gallica 62 45 Clonopsis gallica Unknown
Cnipsomorpha sp. "Hoang Lien" 625 Probably lost
Coloratobistus dilawitimpakpak 481 Probably lost
Cranidium gibbosum 341 321 Cranidium gibbosum In culture
Creoxylus hagani "Bejuma" 293 187 Probably lost
Creoxylus spinosus "Trinidad" 57 31 Creoxylus spinosus "Trinidad" In culture
Cryptophyllium bollensi "Phuoc Binh" 683 Cryptophyllium bollensi "Phuoc Binh" In culture
Cryptophyllium celebicum "Bugadidi" 425 Cryptophyllium celebicum "Bugadidi" In culture
Cryptophyllium chrisangi "Singapore" 728 Cryptophyllium chrisangi "Singapore" Unknown
Cryptophyllium icarus "Bidoup Nui Ba" 724 Cryptophyllium icarus "Bidoup Nui Ba" In culture
Cryptophyllium oyae "Ban Saleuy" Cryptophyllium oyae &quot;Ban Saleuy&quot;<br/>egg In culture
Cryptophyllium phami "Cat Tien" 585 Cryptophyllium phami "Cat Tien" In culture
Cryptophyllium westwoodii 11 128 Cryptophyllium westwoodii Unknown
Cryptophyllium westwoodii "Tha Pla Duk" 764 128a Cryptophyllium westwoodii "Tha Pla Duk" In culture
Ctenomorpha marginipennis 719 Probably lost
Cuniculina cunicula "Hunas Falls" 304 244 Cuniculina cunicula "Hunas Falls" Unknown
Cuniculina insignis 257 94 Cuniculina insignis Probably lost
Cuniculina sp. "Srimongol" 16 211 Cuniculina sp. "Srimongol" Unknown
Cuniculina sp. 2 "Srimongol" 298 207 Cuniculina sp. 2 "Srimongol" Probably lost
Cuniculina stilpna "Srimongol" 157 226 Probably lost
Dajaca chani "Crocker Range" Dajaca chani "Crocker Range" Probably lost
Dajaca napolovi "Ba Vi" 817 Dajaca napolovi "Ba Vi" In culture
Dajaca napolovi "Tam Dao" Dajaca napolovi "Tam Dao" Unknown