A new giant leaf insect described from Thailand
A new giant leaf insect of the genus Phyllium Illiger, 1798 has been described from Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai). Phyllium (Pulchriphyllium) maethoraniae n. sp. is characteristic for the very distinctive and remarkable shape of the female abdomen. The new species is closely related to the Chinese Phyllium (Pu.) sinense Liu (1990) and belongs in the bioculatum species-group. The unique female holotype (deposited in the Muséum national d`Histoire naturelle de Paris, MNHN) has a body length of almost 95 mm, making it one of the largest leaf insects known.
Delfosse, E. (2015): A new giant leaf insect of the genus Phyllium from Thailand (Phasmatodea, Phylliidae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France, 120(3): 411-415.