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Spanish Walkingstick (Leptynia hispanica)
(Pachymorphinae: Gratidiini)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phasmatodea
Suborder: Verophasmatodea
Family: Diapheromeridae
Rehn & Hebard, 1909
4 subfamilies (but see text)

Diapheromeridae is a family of stick insects (order Phasmatodea). They belong to the superfamily Anareolatae of suborder Verophasmatodea.[1]

The family contains some huge species, e.g. Paraphanocles keratosqueleton which can grow to over 30 cm long.


Four subfamilies are placed here according to the Phasmid Study Group. The Lonchodinae, sometimes placed in the Diapheromeridae in older treatments, are here assigned to the other lineage of Anareolatae, the family Phasmatidae. The Palophinae are the smallest subfamily by far, and the Necrosciinae, while containing numerous genera and species, are not particularly diverse. The other two subfamilies, with 3 tribes each, contain the highest diversity of Diapheromeridae.[1]

The subfamilies are:[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Phasmid Study Group (September 28, 2009). "Diapheromeridae". Phasmida SpeciesFile. Retrieved April 19, 2011.

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