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Drymaplaneta semivitta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blattidae
Genus: Drymaplaneta

Drymaplaneta communis
Drymaplaneta heydeniana
Drymaplaneta lobipennis
Drymaplaneta semivitta
Drymaplaneta shelfordi
Drymaplaneta variegata

Drymaplaneta is a genus of cockroaches.

Biodiversity and distribution[edit]

  • 6 species

Table 1: Number of species of Drymaplaneta in each region in which it is present (A=adventive, E=endemic, I=indigenous)

Australia New Zealand
Drymaplaneta 6E[1] 2A[2]


  • belongs to the tribe Methanini[3]
  • within the tribe Methanini, the genus can be recognised by the greatly reduced, lobiform tegmina, with hind wings absent, and third and fourth segments of maxillary palps swollen in males[3]
  • D. lobipennis and D. shelfordi are uniformly dark[3]
  • D. heydeniana is light yellowish brown, darkening apically, with translucent yellow margins on thorax and abdomen[3]
  • the remaining three species (D. communis, D. semivitta and D. variegata) are very similar to each other
  • the hind tibiae of males are conspicuously expanded and flattened in D. semivitta and D. variegata, but not in any of the other species[3]
  • D. variegata is lighter in colour than D. semivitta, darkening apically.[3] The possibility of synonymy of these two nominal species has been suggested[4]


  1. ^ Australian Faunal Directory
  2. ^ NZOR (Web Service Demonstrator)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mackerras, M.J. 1968: Australian Blattidae (Blattodea) IX. Revision of the Polyzosteriinae tribe Methanini, Tryonicinae, and Blattinae. Australian Journal of Zoology, 16(3): 511-575. doi:10.1071/ZO9680511
  4. ^ Ramsay, G.W. 1975: Appendix to the Gisborne cockroach. New Zealand entomologist, 6(1): 72. doi:10.1080/00779962.1975.9723106 PDF Archived February 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.