Indeed! I started with hissers too, (hence my username), but couldn't stop from branching out once I realized just how much variety there was in the roach hobby!Roaches can be cute, I am partial to the madagascar hissing cockroaches, I had one as a pet, I named him Clark, referencing Willard
Roaches from Kinabalu but no leeches?!? C'mon man...Perisphaerus punctatus "Macao" (Punctate Roly-poly Roach)
We finally have more than one Perisphaerus in the US hobby, these ones entered culture thanks to @Martin, who has been breeding these cuties for a while now. They are quite similar to Perisphaerus pygmaeus, but with some key differences. Namely, both sexes of punctatus are broader in morphology than pygmaeus, and females have a glossier exoskeleton. Not only are female punctatus slightly bigger than pygmaeus females, but adult male punctatus are TWICE the size of male pygmaeus, and much more proportionate to female punctatus, (whereas the size disparity between male and female pygmaeus is much more noticable). Hopefully I can breed these successfully and get them established in the US hobby!
Adult female punctatus:
Adult male punctatus:
Adult P.punctatus pair, note the similar length:
Adult P.pygmaeus pair, note the more noticeable size disparity:
Adult male punctatus (right) VS adult male pygmaeus (left):
Adult female punctatus (bottom) VS adult female pygmaeus (top):
Perisphaerus pygmaeus (Pygmy Roly-poly Roach)
The hobby classic Perisphaerus.
More adult pics. Also, I propose we change the common name of this species to "Pygmy Roly-poly Roach" rather than just "Roly-poly Roach", since there are now at least three species of Perisphaerus in US culture alone, and all species in the genus Perisphaerus roll into balls.
Perisphaerus sp. "Kota Kinabalu" (Copper-green Roly-poly Roach)
One of many recent additions to my collection, Perisphaerus sp. "Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia". This roly poly roach is a metallic copper green color in person, it's hard to properly catch on camera, but I think the first few pics show it off decently. Under flash though they just look dark copper, (as you can see in the last two pictures). I just received some adult females and a few mixed nymphs last week, and one of the females gave birth already! Hopefully I can establish this species in the US hobby, it'll be the first metallic Perisphaerus to get established in culture here if so, and also the largest hobby Perisphaerus so far! This is one of my favorite roach genera ever, so stoked to be working with three different species now!
Adult female under sunlight:
Adult female with newborns:
Adult female under flash:
You know me, always got roaches on the brain... Are there any interesting leeches from that area of Malaysia though, just curious?Roaches from Kinabalu but no leeches?!? C'mon man...
Great to see your collection regrowing after your break from the hobby.