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World's largest cockroach?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by bugmankeith, Jun 9, 2006.

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    What is the world's largest cockroach species, and does anyone have pictures of it? Is it available in the pet trade?
  2. Cheshire

    Cheshire Arachnoking Old Timer

    Macropanethensia rhinocerous...most likely spelled differently, though

    Megaloblatta longipennis...may be spelled wrong, or the genus may be wrong

    Do a GIS for either of these.
  3. Funny name, but a really big roach! Is there anyone who sells them?

  4. MacCleod

    MacCleod Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Macropanesthia rhinoceros......I 've seen these huge roaches a few times offered on Belgian or Dutch fairs, but they were very expensive (about $24 for 1 adult)

    Picture is not mine...see http://www.dannesdjur.com/insekt8.shtml for more pix.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2006
  5. Cheshire

    Cheshire Arachnoking Old Timer

    Nobody sells the M.longipennis species. The only people in the US known to have them are the smithsonian institution.

    However, rhino roaches are sporadically availible for about $100 on this side of the pond.

    PM somebody by the name of roachman here on the boards for more info.
  6. Randolph XX()

    Randolph XX() Arachnoprince Old Timer

  7. lychas

    lychas Arachnolord Old Timer

    Macropanesthia rhinoceros is the largest, native to australia, not sure how far away i am from their natural habitat tho
  8. I'm not interested in the rhino roach, besides the leaves it eats arent sold here, too expensive also.
  9. james

    james Arachnobaron Old Timer


    There are many big species out there. True giganteus can be very big, the oblingata are big, the adult rhinos I've kept are very large. There was a new species discovered in Borneo that is suppose to be the longest species. I've just seen pictures like the megaloblatta. Even giant stock hissers can get big.
    PS, I just had my first batch of oblingata babies, YEAH
  10. Do you have pictures of the species from Borneo?
  11. Randolph do you have any pictures of this species? i often hear you talk about it but i cant find any images
  12. Do any of these have common names??? What is the "G" word before oblongata?
  13. McPede

    McPede Arachnosquire Old Timer

    The new specie from Borneo:
  14. McPede

    McPede Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Gromphadorhina oblongonata
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    That is a very colorful roach! Thanks for the name help, pictures of that species would be nice too.
  16. McPede

    McPede Arachnosquire Old Timer

  17. The female looks like a giant cockroach ootheca!
  18. JohnxII

    JohnxII Avicoholic Old Timer

    As far as I know:

    Heaviest - Macropanesthia rhinoceros (available in pet trade)
    Longest body - Gromphadorhina oblongonata (available in pet trade)
    Longest wingspan - Megaloblatta longipennis (not available in pet trade)

    And the new species from Borneo, I have no idea... but that looks pretty big too and reminds me of a tarantula hawk!

    Here's a picture of my male G. oblongonata I posted a while ago:
  19. Randolph XX()

    Randolph XX() Arachnoprince Old Timer

    well, to some ppl, it is just a bigger hisser, can't compare to 300 dollar rhino AUSSIE roaches, i got a pair from Double D a while ago , and it'll be pretty common couple years later i guess
  20. Peter_Parker

    Peter_Parker Arachnobaron Old Timer

    If they breed as prolifically as some of the other roaches. I hear the rhinos breed slower or take longer to mature, or something to that effect.