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White Cave Cockroach
Location:  (Black Cave) Gomantong Caves, Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia.
September 19, 2010 9:15 am
I found this cockroach inside a huge dark cave. This white cockroach is exactly 33mm from it’s forehead to the tip of it’s tail (I had measured it). This is the only white cockroach I’ve seen in the cave. Is it a completely different cockroach species than the cockroaches around it or it is just an albino ?
Signature:  C.X. Wong

Newly Molted Cockroach in a Cave

Dear C.X. Wong,
We cannot tell you what species of Cockroach you encountered, but we can tell you that the white individual is not an albino.  It is a freshly molted individual, and when its exoskeleton hardens, it will resemble its fellow cave inhabitants in terms of coloration.

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3 Responses to Cave Cockroaches in Malaysia

  1. Ichthyian says:

    Species of Periplaneta found in Florida
    1. Color above shining blackish brown; length 24-33mm
    ……………………………….. P. fuliginosa (Serville)
    – Color not as above; pronotum with distinct to vague
    pronotal markings ………………………………………….. 2
    2(1).Tegmina with conspicuous lateral pale basal stripe;
    pronotum with sharply contrasting, pale or yellow
    margin; length 23-29mm …. P. australasiae (F.)
    – Tegmina entirely reddish brown; pronotum with less
    defined markings …………………………………………… 3
    3(2). Distal segment of cercus elongated, length more
    than twice width; male with caudal tergite deeply
    notched; distal portion of plate thin, projecting as
    hood over corresponding terminal sternite; median
    segment unspecialized ……….. P. americana (L.)
    – Distal segment of cercus triangular; less than twice
    width; male with caudal tergite only slightly
    notched; distal portion opaque; median segment
    specialized, consisting of a shallow channel haveing
    a tuft of hairs; 25-33mm ……………………………..
    …………………………………P. brunnea Burmeister

  2. Darren says:

    Periplaneta americana – common in malaysian caves

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