Dinophasma saginatum "Mulu"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)


General Informations

  • provenience: Mulu NP (Sarawak, Malaysia)
  • collected by Albert Kang in June 2014
  • F1 CB culture in Europe by Bruno Kneubuehler (2015)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ phasmida.speciesfile.org
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders are asked to avoid mixing this culture with similar populations from a different provenience


  • small, big, sturdy species
  • body length 6 cm
  • dark reddish-brown


  • slender, fully winged
  • body length 5 cm
  • brown


  • freshly hatched nymphs are brown and about 13 mm long
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs


  • 3.5 x 2 mm
  • brown
  • hairy surface

Food Plants

  • lady's mantle (Alchemilla spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • strawberry (Fragaria spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • evening primrose (Oenothera spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • cinquefoil (Potentilla spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults

Breeding, Behaviour

  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched
  • the like very much to stay on barky twigs during the day, these should be availabe in the cage
  • eggs are usually stuck into some humid substrate, few just drop to the ground
  • dry sand is not accepted as a laying substrate
  • about 10 - 15 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (HH-method on slightly damp vermiculite) about 2.5 - 3 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • it is easy to extend the incubation time with the LTD-Method, as their food plants are not available during european winter time
  • males will be adult after 3.5 months (at 20 - 24°C), females after 4 - 5 months
  • a higher humidity of about 75 - 80 % RH is needed
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again
  • easy to breed, if the food plants are available
  • the LTD method can be applied to avoid food plant shortage in winter

Basics of phasmids breeding

  • keep only one species per cage, overpopulation is one of the main reasons for breeding failures
  • keep nymphs seperate from the adults, mainly to protect them during the crucial moulting phases
  • choose the cage big enough, when in doubt it is (usually) better to choose a cage too big than too small
  • a ventilator often supports good breeding results, as it seems to increase activity and feeding
  • provide enough light, but avoid direct sunlight (overheating)
  • try to keep day time temperatures below 25°C
  • a nocturnal fall of temperature is natural, and thus advantageous
  • do not spray too much, phasmids are no fish ! The water should dry up before you spray again
  • minimize disturbances (loud music, commotions, light at or during the night, opening up cages in the morning [often a moulting phase] ect.)

Useful informations

detailed infos on how to breed phasmids

infos on newly cultured phasmid species

Online Culture List

PSG list

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs

eggs for breeding


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