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10.02.2017

General
Two papers about phasmids from Vietnam published in the "Belgian Journal of Entomology":

   ·   The new stick insect genus Medauromorpha n. gen. with the description of one new species from Vietnam

The new genus Medauromorpha gen. nov. is describedfrom Vietnam and southern China to accomodate the new species M. baviensis n.sp. and two species previously placed in the genus Ramulus, this is M. foedata (Brunner v. Wattenwyl, 1907) amd M. regina (Brunner v. Wattenwyl, 1907). This striking genus is characteristic for the very long and slender, cylindrical eggs and the very large often foliaceous lobes of the mid legs of females. It is placed in the tribe Medaurini. All three species are currently being cultured in Europe.

Reference:
Bresseel, J. & Constant, J. (2017): The new stick insect genus Medauromorpha gen. nov. with one new species from Vietnam and notes on Medauroidea Zompro, 2001 (Phasmida: Phasmatidae: Clitumninae). Belgian Journal of Entomology, 45: 1-38.



   ·   The Picasso stick insect. The new species Calvisia kneubuehleri

The colourful new species Calvisia kneubuehleri n. sp. (subfamily Necrosciinae) is described from South Vietnam. It belongs in the subgenus Calvisia (Calvisia) Stål, 1875. New techniques developed to breed the species in captivity are explained, illustrated and discussed: the low temperature-induced dormany method (LTD) and the glued eggs technique method (GET).

Reference:
Bresseel, J. & Constant, J. (2017): The Picasso stick insect. A striking new species of Calvisia from Vietnam with notes on captive breeding and new methods for incubation of eggs (Phasmida: Diapheromeridae: Necrosciinae). Belgian Journal of Entomology, 46: 1-18.

29.01.2017

General
A new genus and five new species of Philippine mossy forest stick insects described

The genus Otraleus Günther, 1935 (Subfamily Necrosciinae) is recorded from the Philippines for the first time. Four new species, Otraleus bellemansae sp. nov., O. applai sp. nov., O. christianae sp. nov. and O. elizabethae sp. nov., are described from the highlands of Northwestern Luzon. The characters allowing separation from the type-species O. hypsimelathrus Günther, 1935 from Sulawesi and O. labanrataensis Soew-Choen, 2016 from Borneo are given. The new closely related genus Capuyanus gen. nov. is described with a single species, C. magwilangi sp. nov., as type-species. An identification key and distribution maps are provided for all species.

Reference:
Bresseel J. & Constant J. (2017): Philippine mossy forest stick insects: first record of the genus Otraleus Günther, 1935 in the country, with four new species, and the new genus Capuyanus gen. nov. (Phasmida, Diapheromeridae, Necrosciinae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 265: 1–31.

05.01. 2017

General
a new care sheets with many photos is online:

     ·   Pylaemenes sepilokensis sepilokensis "Sepilok"    (from Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo)

see full care sheet → Miscellaneous (Allgemeines) → phasmid breeding Bruno Kneubühler → care sheet section
few eggs will be available soon → eggs of different phasmid species


Pylaemenes sepilokensis sepilokensis "Sepilok" (adult female, left)
Pylaemenes sepilokensis sepilokensis "Sepilok" (adult male, right)