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Hi there,

This is a common species of cockroach in my hometown of Richards Bay, South Africa. They are found underneath flower pots, stones, and other objects placed on soil. They seem to be gregarious, and burrow when scared.

I have no id what species they are, but I would like to keep the,. Would anyone like to venture an educated guess as to their requirements in captivity.

Thanks,

JV

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hi!

I don't know what species it is, but this is a beautiful roach! What size do they grow? Have you ever seen some of them with wings, or is it a wingless specie?

If I had this kind of roach, I'd probably use some cruched dead leaves as substratum. Keep some humidity in it, maybe use some bark for them to hide, and feed them with fruits and so on. That's the way I breed my burrowing roaches ;)

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Thanks for the information. I agree, it is beautiful! I have never seen a winged specimen, so I assume that the species is either wingless, or that the males have wings but are more secretive? The largest I've ever seen was about 25mm long, and the smallest was about two. I've never seen any ootheca, but I'm hoping that keeping them will give me more insight into their behaviour.

Now, that is some very useful information, thank you! I will modify their enclosure a little. right now, they have a piece of dried Strelitzia nicolai leaf(Similar in texture to tree bark) some dried mango leaves, a 2mm deep layer of sand to burrow in, and an Achatina fulica shell for if they wish to hide.

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I can try and get some photos, later on. I do know now that they are nocturnal. All of them have emerged from the soil, some are eating, and others are climbing all over. I also hope that I can get them to breed. If I do, I will purchase a permit, and export some to a trustworthy hobbyist outside the country. I am a firm believer that all species should be open game, whether you're a scientist or a hobbyist, and some of rhe greatest observations have been made by hobbyists.

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  • 2 weeks later...

No idea about the species yet, but they eat a wide variety of foods. They eat the pieces of vegetable that I give them. But, they have a particular predilection for moist dog food. They are currently sharing a tank with my two other unidentified specimens.

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According to a friend of mine, there are good criters to identify the specie on the underside. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly what you should look for, but I can ask him. Loads of species from this genus are quiet similar, you should label it "Pycnoscelus sp. South Africa", or something, if you aren't totally sure of the specie.

If they breed in your culture, maybe we can exchange some roaches, so that my friend will be able to identify it, when there is stil doubt he looks to the genitalia, that's probably one of the best way of identification ;)

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Wow, Thanks for the ID! I would never have imagined that the species was related to the Suriname Cockroach. It is a beautiful species, and I am definitely going to try and breed it. Any advice?

I am also switching them back to a sand substrate, it seems to suit them better than the leaves. I will keep you updated about my progress,

JV

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Thank you so much for all the help. It turns out that this species is very susceptible to the heat here(we have an average of about 30 degrees Celcius). So, it takes a lot of work to keep them cool. I have, however, managed to find a substrate that works for them. I tried out the wood shavings that one uses for rodents and it seems to work like a dream. It is easy to remove if it begins to mold(a very, very serious problem here), and it is easy to separate the roaches from the substrate. Since I last posted, one of my females also treated me to a brood of 13 nymphs! I will post photos when they are a little bit larger. :D

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