Gromphadorhinini

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Hissing roach)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Gromphadorhinini
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
Order:
Family:
Subfamily:
Tribe:
Gromphadorhinini
Genera

Aeluropoda
Ateloblatta
Elliptorhina
Gromphadorhina
Leozehntnera
Princisia

Gromphadorhinini is a tribe of large, flightless, wood-inhabiting cockroaches comprising 20 known species in 6 genera [1], all but one from the island of Madagascar; the one exception being from Europa Island just off the coast of Madagascar. They are collectively known as hissing cockroaches, capable of producing sound by forcing air through their abdominal spiracles, and many species are popular in the pet trade, especially the species commonly called "the Madagascar hissing cockroach", Gromphadorhina portentosa. Remarkably, despite their size, 9 of the 20 known species of hissing roaches were not recognized until recently, having only been described in 1973.[1]

As pets[edit]

Members of at least four of the genera in the tribe (Aeluropoda, Elliptorhina, Gromphadorhina, and Princisia) are widely kept as exotic pets. Although G. portentosa is considered the best known, and most popular pet, this is debatable since G. oblongonota[2] and G. picea[3] are commonly confused with it by pet dealers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. van Herrewege. 1973. Contribution à l'étude des Blattaria de la faune Malgache. II. Description de huit espèces nouvelles appartenant aux genres Gromphadorhina Brunner v.W. et Elliptorhina gen. nov. Bulletin de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon, 42nd année, Numéro spécial du 150th anniversaire, décembre 1973. 75-103
  2. ^ http://www.roachforum.com/index.php?showtopic=3452
  3. ^ Delfosse, E. (2004) Les blattes souffleuses de Madagascar. Insectes 153: 19-22.