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Australian Cockroach

Scientific Name
Periplaneta australasiae
Scientific Author
(Fabricius)
Taxonomy
(Blattodea: Blattidae: Blattinae)
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Source
Lucinda Gibson & Ken Walker Museums Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult body length about 3 cm; very similar to the American cockroach but can be separated from it by its smaller size (adult American cockroach about 4 cm, Australian cockroach about 3 cm); the yellow markings on the pronotum of Periplaneta australasiae are clearly and cleanly defined whereas in Periplaneta americana the yellow and brown margins are not well defined; and Periplaneta australasiae has distinct light yellow streaks on the sides at the base of the wings, Periplaneta americana does not have similar yellow markings on the wings. 
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
14/02/2007 04:54 AEST
Last Updated
27/11/2011 10:09 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) Australian Cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae) Updated on 11/27/2011 10:09:58 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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