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Perisphaerus punctatus "Macao" (Punctate Roly-poly Roach)


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We finally have more than one Perisphaerus in the US hobby, these ones entered culture thanks to @Martin, who has been breeding these cuties for a while now. :D They are quite similar to Perisphaerus pygmaeus, but with some key differences. Namely, both sexes of punctatus are broader in morphology than pygmaeus, and females have a glossier exoskeleton. Not only are female punctatus slightly bigger than pygmaeus females, but adult male punctatus are TWICE the size of male pygmaeus, and much more proportionate to female punctatus, (whereas the size disparity between male and female pygmaeus is much more noticable). Hopefully I can breed these successfully and get them established in the US hobby! :)

Adult female punctatus:

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Adult male punctatus:

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Adult P.punctatus pair, note the similar length:

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Adult P.pygmaeus pair, note the more noticeable size disparity:

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Adult male punctatus (right) VS adult male pygmaeus (left):

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Adult female punctatus (bottom) VS adult female pygmaeus (top):

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  • Hisserdude changed the title to Perisphaerus punctatus "Macao" (Punctate Roly-poly Roach)
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Babies!!! :D I counted 15 from this one litter, that's huge for Perisphaerus!

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These guys are still thriving for me. :wub: So here are some group photos:

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Really love these, larger, hardier and more prolific than P.pygmaeus.

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