Pseudosermyle phalangiphora
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)
 

OrderPhasmatodea
 
SuborderVerophasmatodea 
InfraorderAnareolatae 
FamilyDiapheromeridaeKirby, 1904
SubfamilyDiapheromerinaeKirby, 1904
TribeDiapheromeriniKirby, 1904
GenusPseudosermyleCaudell, 1903
SpeciesPseudosermyle phalangiphoraRehn, 1907


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General Notes

  • this species has been cultured since many years
  • several new culture stocks have been imported over the years
  • 2006 - I have distributed this species as Pseudosermyle phalangiphora to other breeders

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Origin

  • my culture stock has been collected by Jan Meerman in Greenhills (Belmopan, Belize) in 2006

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Females

  • body length wild caught specimens  81 - 85 mm
  • body length captive bred specimens 83 - 93 mm
  • typical stick insects
  • brown, some specimens may be a bit greenish
  • no wings, long antennae

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Males

  • body length wild caught specimens  60 - 70 mm
  • body length wild captive bred specimens 65 - 67 mm
  • thin, brown
  • no wings, long antennae
  • they have two small, blunt warts just above their eyes
  • big, claper-like ceri

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Eggs

  • about 2 x 3 mm
  • dark brown
  • surface is roughly structured and not shiny

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Breeding Notes

  • easy to breed
  • incubation on damp (not wet) sand
  • incubation time (at room temperatures) is about 3-4 months
  • nymphs are green
  • keep nymphs and adults in an airy cage
  • males take about 3 months to mature, females about 4 months
  • during the day, adults are almost never on their food plant but on the sides of the cage
  • a wet paper towel on the floor provides enough humidity
  • females start to lay eggs about 2 weeks after their final moult

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References

  • Phasmida Species Files  (www.phasmida.orthoptera.org)
     

 

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