Phyllium rubrum "Tapah"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)


General Informations

  • provenience: Tapah Hills, the hills inbetween Tapah and the Cameron Highlands (Peninsular Malaysia)
  • described by Royce Cumming (USA) in 2018
  • F1 CB culture by Detlef Grösser (2013)
  • this culture was named before the description as Phyllium sp. "Tapah, red coxae"
  • this seems to be a new, yet undescribed species
  • further taxonomical informations ➤
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders will not mix it with cultures of a different provenience


  • 8 - 9 cm
  • red (or sometimes orange) coaxe on mid and hing legs


  • 6 - 6.5 cm
  • red (or sometimes orange) coxae on mid and hing legs

Food Plants

  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • common beech (Fagus sylvatica)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • dog rose (Rosa corymbifera)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults (info D. Grösser)
  • raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults (info D. Grösser)

Breeding, Behaviour

  • active mainly during the night
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 10 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (HH-method on slightly damp sand) about 4 - 5 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • eggs of this species are very prone to get mouldy, and it is difficult to avoid this. Yet a thin mould layer does not affect the hatching ratio negatively
  • nymphs hatch after dawn, in the early morning hours
  • a humidity of about 60 - 70 % seems to be good enough for this species
  • the Free-Standing-Setup is very much recommened for small nymphs
  • I have distributed eggs of this species some time ago, and only one breeder was able to breed these successully. He followed intentily my suggstions regarding the Free-Standing-Setup
  • this Phyllium species should be kept in an airy cage (ventilator) too and get a lot of light
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but the water should dry up again
  • easy to breed and beautiful Phyllium species

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