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Poor little roach! What stage is it (how long has it been living like that)? I don't have a clue how it happened, maybe damage in the egg causes it. :huh:

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Is this a type of Hox mutation? Is there a name for this phenotype variance besides "jigsaw"? I'd like to find out more about this.

That deformity is also found in millipedes, pseudoscorpions and possibly every segmented invertebrate. It may not be genetic, however, arthropods that reproduce through parthenogenesis aren't perfect genetic replicas.
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