Periplaneta japanna

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Periplaneta japanna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blattidae
Genus: Periplaneta
Species: P. japanna
Binomial name
Periplaneta japanna
Asahina, 1969

Periplaneta japanna is a subtropical field-dwelling cockroach endemic to southern Japan.[1] The Japanese common name, ウルシゴキブリ,[2] means urushi cockroach, or lacquer tree cockroach.

Nymphs and adults are a dark black, and typically live under stones and pieces of wood.[1] Their ability to bore or live in rotting wood enables their spread via ocean currents.[3]

The species is found on several Japanese islands, distributed continuously from Japan’s southwestern Ryukyu Islands chain to the south of Kiyushu Island, and on Hachijō-jima Island.[1][4]

Nymph specimens from Hachijō-jima Island and Naha, Okinawa responded to photoperiodic stimulii quite differently during laboratory-induced diapause tests. This “might be regarded as the result of divergent evolution” between the parapatric populations.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Zhu, Dao-Hong; Tanaka, Seiji (2007). "Different photoperiodic responses in two geographic populations of a subtropical cockroach, Periplaneta japanna Asahina". Acta Ecologica Sinica (in Japanese and English). 27 (9): 3687–3693. ISSN 1000-0933. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Asahina, Shojiro (朝比奈正二郎) (1991). 日本産ゴキブリ類 [Blattaria of Japan] (in Japanese). Table of contents. ISBN 4-521-00281-1. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Sakai, Masahiro; Ohbayashi, Nobuo; Yoshihara, Kazumi; Aita, Kazuhiro; Okada, Keiji; Yoshimichi, Syun Ichi; Yano, Shinji; Ono, Hiroshi; Konishi, Tomotaka (1998). "The enumeration of insects collected at Uchiumi-mura, Ehime Prefecture, Japan". Memoirs Of The College Of Agriculture Ehime University. 42 (2): 169–190. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Catalogue of Life: 2011 Annual Checklist". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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