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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blaberidae
Subfamily: Blaberinae
Genus: Lucihormetica

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Lucihormetica is a South American genus of giant cockroaches from the family Blaberidae, collectively referred to as glowspot cockroaches.[1][2] It has been widely reported that their spots are bioluminescent. Recent reviews have been unable to conclusively prove this,[3][4] although evidence for autofluorescence exists.[5] The genus includes both relatively common and rare species: For example, L. verrucosa is relatively common and sometimes kept in captivity, while eight of the remaining species (as well as an additional undescribed species) only are known from a single specimen each.[2]


12 species:[2]


  1. ^ Uniport Taxonomy
  2. ^ a b c Vršanský P.; et al. (2012). "Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence". Naturwissenschaften. 99 (9): 739–749. doi:10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7. PMID 22864963. 
  3. ^ Greven, Hartmut; Zwanzig, Nadine (2013). "Courtship, Mating, and Organisation of the Pronotum in the Glowspot Cockroach Lucihormetica verrucosa (Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1865) (Blattodea: Blaberidae)". Entomologie heute. 25: 77–97. 
  4. ^ Merritt, David J. (2013). "Standards of evidence for bioluminescence in cockroaches". Naturwissenschaften. 100 (7): 697–698. doi:10.1007/s00114-013-1067-9. PMID 23740173. 
  5. ^ Vršanský, Peter; Chorvát, Dušan (2013). "Luminescent system of Lucihormetica luckae supported by fluorescence lifetime imaging". Naturwissenschaften. 100 (11): 1099–1101. doi:10.1007/s00114-013-1100-z. PMID 24189980.