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Catchy title, eh?

Well, it may be true. The roaches in this video may be extinct in the wild, existing in only a few captive cultures. Simandoa conserfariam were discovered in a cave system which may have been destroyed by bauxite mining according to one of the author's of the species, Piotr Naskrecki. Their common name is the Simandoa cave roach. The specific name means "to preserve in many places". And thus, they are introduced into our hobby!

Here is a link to a partial page of information. I have the full article if anybody would like to email me for it.

http://www.jstor.org/pss/3503709

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Very pretty. It seems like captivity may be the only hope for some species. I think there are quite a few fish species that only still exist because of their value in the aquarium trade! :o

At any rate, I hope you get lots of babies! It seems like the adults in the video were all males (judging by abdomen size) so I hope there are some females lurking in there too.

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Thanks for all the replies. These things are my babies now. It's been a very long time since I've been this excited about a pet species.

They do like to hide during the day, as would be expected from a cave species. If I flick the lights on at night they scurry back below deck.

They've eaten apple, pear, yam peels and carrot this first week. I think I'd given them some bits of zucchini too. (Don't tell my kids I didn't finish my vegetables!)

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How did you obtain such a rare species, Peter? I am also curious if there is a substitute for bat guano that would be beneficial in their captive habitat (unless you have a good source for bat guano ;) ) How big are those adults? Really pretty!

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They're slightly larger than a giant lobster roach at about an inch and a half. I've tried powdered guano (bat feces) in the past with B. giganteus, but they didn't have much interest in it. I'm pretty sure they've been raised w/o the guano as part of their diet in captivity for several years. The roaches were given to me, I think, in the spirit of their species name--that their existence as a species would be aided by hobbyists.

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i would think all the gut fauna thay may need, would be present in any of the adults fras so thay could get it from there. o and MantisMan Gauno is a Spanish word/Spanish based, interesting that it's so similar in polish

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Wonder if different bats guano(poo) tastes different? Each bat species have different diets. Also you can buy many flavors of bat guano at horticulture supply stores now. They come from different countries each has unique N.P.K levels. Guess someone needs to experiment. :P

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Oooh! My two cents! I believe you can buy organic bat guano at a store called Pike Family Nursery. (I used to work there.) Unfortunately... this store is only in Georgia. Anyhow, you may be able to find it online if the manufacturer sells it or if you want to contact me privately and have me buy you some and send it over (if you compensate), I'd be happy to do so! Actually, I would be happy to trade shipping for some Blatta lateralis to start a small colony at the University of Georgia. How much fun does that sound! We need a better roach-racing species than Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. I wish I were joking. They actually tried to race madagascar... anyhow.

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Oooh! My two cents! I believe you can buy organic bat guano at a store called Pike Family Nursery. (I used to work there.) Unfortunately... this store is only in Georgia. Anyhow, you may be able to find it online if the manufacturer sells it or if you want to contact me privately and have me buy you some and send it over (if you compensate), I'd be happy to do so! Actually, I would be happy to trade shipping for some Blatta lateralis to start a small colony at the University of Georgia. How much fun does that sound! We need a better roach-racing species than Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. I wish I were joking. They actually tried to race madagascar... anyhow.

Male dubia and American cockroaches are awesome runners!

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Cool!!! Do u have them?

Kinda reminds me of wat happened to bombyx mori :)

I tried to introduce them into the wild, no joke! I placed individuals on wild mulberry tree and they lived about 3 weeks on their own before predators ate them all. It was summer here so they dealt with predators, wind, heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and heat of around 90F. and they lived very long for something they say too domesticated to move from branch to branch to eat, and not understand to rest under the leaf and not above. They both overcame these hurdles. The only problem was moths layed eggs under leaves but the eggs fell off after a few days so I'm not sure what is required for them to stick.

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Catchy title, eh?

Well, it may be true. The roaches in this video may be extinct in the wild, existing in only a few captive cultures. Simandoa conserfariam were discovered in a cave system which may have been destroyed by bauxite mining according to one of the author's of the species, Piotr Naskrecki. Their common name is the Simandoa cave roach. The specific name means "to preserve in many places". And thus, they are introduced into our hobby!

Here is a link to a partial page of information. I have the full article if anybody would like to email me for it.

http://www.jstor.org/pss/3503709

They ARE beautiful. I commend you for your efforts and wish you and any others who try to preserve them great success!

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Why don't they re-introduce them in the wild? Don't conservationists stick up for cockroaches too?

I'd like to think so, Keith and maybe some do. Unfortunately, I imagine most conservationists are repulsed by and closed minded toward roaches as with the average person.

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