Delete this section if there is no common name.
Note any distinguishing features.
male volant and mesopterous, female brachypterous
The wings of this insect are small and black, more or less obscurely
spotted with white; the costal area is green, irregularly marked with
black, but with the base of a lighter colour, and the black markings
more distinct; the head, prothorax and legs are light pinkish brown,
the latter very much dentated; the mesothorax, tegmina, abdomen and
leaflets, are blackish green; the former has small black tubercles;
the abdomen is spotted with black at the tip of each segment, which is
also somewhat dilated, while the leaflets are rather long and dentated.
seems to resemble
eucalypt twigs or stems. Males are slender and fully winged. The females
are much larger and have very short tegmina and very dark brown or
blackish hind wings and very long cerci.
Note parental placement of eggs.
Note appearance of eggs.
Note any common variations.
Note if the species arborial or terrestrial.
Canopy, mid, under, etc.
Note typical vegetation, e.g.
tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest,
Ctenomorphodes tessulata is physically very similar, the best
differentiator is the shape of the eggs.
Note if this species has ever been reared.
Note any suggestions for successful rearing.
For a stick insect with body length 176mm, to keep 2 adult females,
you need a cage at least 800mm high, 350mm deep and 350mm wide.
in heath and woodland habitats from central New South Wales south
NE coastal, SE coastal, S Gulfs, QLD, NSW, VIC, SA
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[I already have the text of this one, but I need plate VI.]
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