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I just saw some pictures of the very stunning Aptera fusca. (Cape Mountain cockroach) and I was wondering if anyone on here has ever kept them before? Sadly right now I cant expand my collection even if I wanted to (I do, I really do) but I was just wondering if there was any more info on them? Ive already done your basic Google searches.

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A.fusca is supposed to be a protected species in its native range and so unfortunately it doesn't look like it'll be in the hobby for a long while. :( 

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5 minutes ago, emmett said:

Interesting! I didn't see anything about that!

Yeah, I only learned through a discussion is a roach group on Facebook. Apparently it is a "natural heritage" species in Africa and only found within a national park, so there are many walls around it from entering captive culture. lol Even so, I believe a few people overseas were trying to culture it a year or so back, but I don't think they ever got far.

If they ever were to become established in culture, they'd surely contend for prettiest roach in the worldwide hobby, I can tell you that much.

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Exactly! In some pics they look like a more matte version of Elliptorhina javanica.

No problem! :) 

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I know of 2 European who were able acquire them and both individuals lost their colonies almost immediately so not only are they a protected species they seem to also be quite difficult to keep?

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