Fine pink colour
which tinges the hyaline wings; the costal area is of a pale green,
with the base pink; the tegmina are of a pale green, very much ridged
in the centre, and darker in colour than the other parts; the legs are
reddish pink, rather short; the anterior have elevated lines, while the
four posterior ones are spined beneath; the mesothorax is very short,
narrow before, and covered with numerous tubercles; the body long,
yellowish at the base and pink at the tip, but the hypopygium or last
ventral segment is green, with two leaflets at the tip, which are pinkish
green; the head with three distinct stemmata.
(from Gray, 1833)
See also a rather nice picture at the
male and female volant
Note parental placement of eggs.
Note appearance of eggs.
Note any common variations.
Canopy, mid, under, etc.
Note typical vegetation, e.g.
tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest,
Note if this species has ever been reared.
Note any suggestions for successful rearing.
For a stick insect with body length 110mm, to keep 2 adult females,
you need a cage at least 500mm high, 250mm deep and 250mm wide.
SE coastal, Murray-Darling basin, NSW.
It is not known if this species is endangered,
as there is insufficient sighting history.
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Archaeognatha, Zygentoma, Blattodea, Isoptera, Mantodea, Dermaptera,
Phasmatodea, Embioptera, Zoraptera.
Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, Australia (ISBN 0643 06035 9).
pp. 347 - 376.
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Conspicuous displays in two species of Australian stick insects.
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Campbell, K. G., Hadlington, P., 1967.
The biology of the three species of phasmatids which occur in
plague numbers in forests of south eastern Australia.
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Stick and Leaf Insects,
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October, 1922, pp. 171-181
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Records of the Australian Museum, 3(2), 37-44.
[Note that he made a mistake re Extatosoma popa and E. tiaratum
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synopsis of the Genus Extatosoma (Orthoptera: Phasmatidae).
Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 40(3): 373-396.
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