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American Cockroach Society approved common names for cockroach species.

1. Arenivaga bolliana = Boll's Sand Cockroach

2. Arenivaga floridensis = Florida Sand Cockroach

3. Archimandrita tessellata = Peppered Roach

4. Attaphila fungicola = Ant Cockroach

5. Blaberus atropos = Atropos Roach

6. Blaberus boliviensis = Bolivian Cockroach

7. Blaberus colosseus = Colossal Cockroach

8. Blaberus craniifer = Death's Head Cockroach

9. Blaberus discoidalis = Discoid Cockroach

10. Blaberus fusca = Dusky Cave Roach

11. Blaberus giganteus = Giant Cave Cockroach

12. Blaberus parabolicus = Peruvian Black Head Roach

13. Blaptica dubia = Guyana Spotted Roach

14. Blatta orientalis = Oriental Cockroach

15. Blatta (Shelfordella) lateralis = Turkistan Cockroach

16. Blattella germanica = German Cockroach

17. Blattella nipponica = Japanese Field Roach

18. Blattella vaga = Field Cockroach

19. Byrsotria cabrerai = Striped Burrowing Roach

20. Byrsotria fumigata = Cuban Burrowing Roach

21. Byrsotria rothi = Roth's Burrowing Cockroach

22. Cryptocercus punctulatus = Brown Hooded Cockroach

23. Deropeltis erythrocephala = Black Velvet Roach

24. Deropeltis paulinoi = Ornate Velvet

25. Diploptera punctata = Pacific Beetle Mimic Roach

26. Dorylaea orini = Orin's Cockroach

27. Ectobius pallidus = Spotted Mediterranean Roach

28 Eurycotis lixa = Hustler Cockroach

29. Elliptorhina chopardi = Dwarf Madagascar Hissing Roach

30. Elliptorhina laevigata = V-horn Hisser

31. Eremoblatta subdiaphana = Hairy Desert Cockroach

32. Ergaula capucina= Burmese Beetle Mimic Cockroach

33. Eublaberus distanti = Six Spotted Roach

34. Eublaberus posticus = Orange Head Roach

35. Eurycotis decipiens = Zebra Cockroach

36. Eurycotis opaca = Giant Yellow Margined Cockroach

37. Eurycotis taurus = Minitaur Roach

38. Gromphadorhina grandidieri = Tiger Hisser

39. Gromphadorhina oblongonota = Wide Horn Hisser

40. Gromphadorhina portentosa = Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

41. Gyna capucina = Pink Cockroach

42. Gyna bisannulata (henrardi) = Patchwork Cockroach

43. Gyna lurida = Porcelain Cockroach

44. Henschoutedenia flexivitta = Giant Lobster Roach

45. Lucihormetica (Hormetica) subcincta = Glowspot Cockroach

46. Holocompsa nitidula = Small Hairy Cockroach

47. Chorisoneura texensis = Small Yellow Texas Roach

48. Ischnoptera deropeltiformis = Dark Woods Cockroach

49. Megaloblatta longipennis

50. Macropanesthia rhinoceros = Rhinoceros Cockroach

51. Nauphoeta cinerea Lobster Roach

52. Neostylopyga rhombifolia = Harlequin

53. Opisthoplatia orientalis = Red and Black Cockroach

54. Plectoptera poeyi = Florida Beetle Cockroach

55. Panchlora nivea = Green Banana Cockroach

56. Panchlora sp. “Giant Panchlora” = Giant Panchlora

57. Panesthia angustipennis spadica = Japanese Wood Roach

58. Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis = Orange-spotted Cockroach

59. Parcoblatta lata = Broad Wood Cockroach

60. Parcoblatta pennsylvanica = Pennsylvania Wood Roach

61. Parcoblatta virginica = Virginia Wood Roach

62. Parcoblatta zebra = Banded Wood Roach

63. Periplaneta americana = American Cockroach

64. Periplaneta americana ("white eye" strain) = White Eye American

65. Periplaneta australasiae = Australian Roach

66. Periplaneta brunnea = Southern Brown Cockroach

67. Periplaneta fuliginosa = Smoky Brown Cockroach

68. Phoetalia pallida = Pallid Cockroach

69. Polyphaga aegyptiaca = Egyptian Desert

70. Polyphaga saussurei = Saussure's Sand Cockroach

71. Pseudomops septentrionalis = Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

72. Pycnoscelus nigra = Shadow Cockroach

73. Pycnoscelus surinamensis = Surinam Cockroach

74. Parcoblatta caudelli = Caudell's Wood Cockroach

75. Parcoblatta fulvescens = Fulvous Wood Roach

76. Parcoblatta notha = Arizona Wood Roach

77. Parcoblatta uhleriana = Uhler's Wood Roach

78. Rhyparobia maderae = Madiera Cockroach

79. Rhyparobia sp. (ex. Malaysia)= Gold Madiera

80. Schultesia lampyridiformis = Firefly Roach

81. Schultesia nitor

82. Supella longipalpa = Brown-banded Roach

83. Symploce pallens (Synonym S. hospes) = Smooth Cockroach

84. Symploce macroptera

85. Therea olegrandjeani = Question Mark Cockroach

86. Therea (Corydia) petiveriana = Domino Cockroach

87. Latiblattella lucifrons Pale-headed Cockroach

88. Bullet Roach

89. Formosan Sand Roach

90. Hemiblabera tenebricosa = Broad Keys Cockroach

This is a list of ACS approved common names taken from the ACS website and based on the ACS culture list. *Cockroach and Roach are equally valid for any species.

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91. Aeluropoda insignis = Flat Horn Hissing Cockroach

92. Archiblatta hoeveni = Hoeven's Cockroach

93. Elliptorhina javanica = Javan Beauty

94. Lucihormetica (Hormetica) verrucosa = Warty Glowspot

95. Eurycotis floridana = Florida Skunk Cockroach

96. Eurycotis opaca, type two = Sunset Cockroach

97. Oxyhaloa deusta = Cape Redhead Roach

98. Pycnoscelus striatus = Ember Cockroach

99. Pycnoscelus femapterus = Wingless Female Roach

100. Paratemnopteryx couloniana = Little Goblin

101. Simandoa conserfariam = Simandoa Cave Cockroach

102. Parcoblatta americana = American Wood Roach

103. Drymaplaneta semivittata = Gisborne Cockroach

104. Corydidarum (Trichoblatta) pygmaea = Pillbug Cockroach

105. Therea regularis = Orange Spotted Domino

106. Eublaberus sp. "Pantanal" = Pantanal Cockroach

107. Ergaula pilosa = Black Beetle Mimic Cockroach

108. Anallacta methanoides = Mauritian Zebrafaced

109. Asiablatta kyotensis = Asian Wood

110. Elliptorhina davidi = Bumpy Hissing Cockroach

111. Eublaberus sp. "ivory" = Ivoryhead Cockroach

112. Eupolyphaga sinensis = Chinese Medicinal Roach

113. Gyna caffrorum = Chrome Cockroach

114. Ischnoptera sp. "Costa Rica" = Strawberry cockroach

115. Little Kenyan Roach

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116. Cariblatta lutea lutea = Small Yellow Roach

117. Cariblatta lutea minima = Least Yellow Roach

118. Euthlastoblatta abortiva = Fragile Cockroach

119. Euthlastoblatta gemma = Little Gem Cockroach

120. Parcoblatta bolliana = Boll's Wood Roach

121. Parcoblatta desertae = Desert Wood Roach

122. Parcoblatta divisa = Southern Wood Roach

123. Plectoptera picta = Painted Cockroach

124. Paranauphoeta formosana = Formosan Assassin Mimic

125. Paranauphoeta discoidalis = Indonesian Assassin Mimic

126. Luridiblatta trivittata = Three-lined Roach

127. Eucorydia aenea dastyoides = Taiwanese Flower Cockroach

128. Hemithyrsocera histrio = Asian Clown Cockroach

129. Rhabdoblatta formosana = Taiwanese Leaf Roach

130. Gyna centurio = Centurion Roach

131. Little Penguin (ex. Malaysia)

132. Epilampra maya = Maya Cockroach

132. Ischnoptera bilunata = Bilunate Roach

133. Byrsotria sp. “Cuba” = Brown Burrowing Cockroach

134. Blattella germanica var. Auburn black = Auburn Black German

135. Rhabdoblatta yayeyamana = Japanese River Roach

136. Paratropes lycoides = Lycid Mimic Cockroach

137. Pelmatosilpha larifuga = Vagabond Cockroach

138. Latiblattella lucifrons = Santa Rita Cockroach

139. Euthyrrhapha pacifica = Pacific Two-spot Cockroach

140. Brachynauphoeta brunneriana = Madagascan Halfblack

141. Polyphaga obscura = Obscure Desert Roach

142. Panesthia angustipennis cognota = Orangeback Cockroach

143. Panchlora sp. "White" = White Banana Cockroach

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144. Panchlora sp. "speckled" = Speckled Banana Cockroach

The common name list will be open to additions and suggestions for updates. The number and common name generally will not change, but scientific name changes and new species or subspecies can be added as they become established in culture. Suggestions will be incorporated (or not), then deleted.

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Just some scientific name changes:

Eucorydia aenea dasytoides is now considered it's own species, (so the proper name is E.dasytoides)

Euthlastoblatta gemma was changed to Aglaopteryx gemma

Both Cariblatta lutea and minima are their own species now

Corydidarum pygmaea is now Perisphaerus pygmaeus 

Paraplecta sp. "Kenya" has been tentatively ID'd as Paraplecta minutissima, tentative ID confirmed by taxonomist Dominic Evangelista.

Also, apparently the "Symploce macroptera" in the hobby are actually S.incuriosa according to Dominic Evangelista.

And numbers 87 and 138 are both Latiblattella lucifrons BTW, and it appears you've given two different common names... 

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And for common names,

Hormetica apolinari (Apolinar's horned roach)

Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough bark roach)

Pseudoglomeris magnifica (Magnificent emerald roach?)

Thorax porcellana (Vampire roach?) 

Eurycotis improcera (Ornate scrub roach?)

Compsodes schwarzi (Schwarz's hooded roach) 

Latiblattella rehni (Rhen's palm roach) 

Lucihormetica grossei (Mega glowspot roach)

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Thanks Hisserdude. Wouldn't Lanxoblatta be better off as bark mimic, rough bark doesn't do any justice to it's properties. Pseudoglomeris magnifica = Wouldn't Emerald pillbug roach be more descriptive?

Is Thorax in the hobby?

improcera means little

I thing mega sounds like Megablocks or Megatron and giant is simpler. Comments ?

Do you mean 115 for Paraplecta? I identified them to Paraplecta some years back but I forget which species.

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1 hour ago, Allpet Roaches said:

Thanks Hisserdude. Wouldn't Lanxoblatta be better off as bark mimic, rough bark doesn't do any justice to it's properties. Pseudoglomeris magnifica = Wouldn't Emerald pillbug roach be more descriptive?

Is Thorax in the hobby?

improcera means little

I thing mega sounds like Megablocks or Megatron and giant is simpler. Comments ?

Do you mean 115 for Paraplecta? I identified them to Paraplecta some years back but I forget which species.

Well we all generally agreed on Gil's thread on this species that rough bark roach should be the name, as "rudis" translates to rough or coarse in Latin. 

Well they don't curl up at all, so I'd save the "Pillbug" moniker for Perisphaerus species, not Pseudoglomeris. Emerald or Magnificent Emerald roach would work better. 

Thorax is being bred by several people in Europe, and at least one of my US buddies has them, (but he'll likely need a new group later this year). They are kinda finicky like Rhabdoblatta formosana, but they are about as established in the hobby as they are, if not more so... 

Perhaps that should be the name for improcera then, it hardly does the appearance justice, and there are several little Eurycotis, but if that's literally what improcera means, that's what we should go with!

Well the only person I've seen give grossei a common name was Kyle, and he used Mega glowspot. Not as cheesy as his other common names, so I'd just use that since more people are familiar with that name ATM... 

Yup, the little Kenyans have been tentatively I'd as P.minutissima, that's apparently the Paraplecta species they match the best according to Dominic Evangelista.

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Actually looking back, we weren't quite able to reach a verdict on Gil's thread as to the preffered name for Lanxoblatta rudis, but later when I created a photo thread for the species the conversation was reignited, which is when we reached the conclusion to call them the "rough bark roach". 

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41 minutes ago, Hisserdude said:

Well they don't curl up at all, so I'd save the "Pillbug" moniker for Perisphaerus species, not Pseudoglomeris. 

That is disappointing, they look like they have the body structure for it. 

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51 minutes ago, Allpet Roaches said:

That is disappointing, they look like they have the body structure for it. 

Yeah, none of the Pseudoglomeris (formerly Corydidarum) can curl up into balls, Perisphaerus is now the only roach genus that can.

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