Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Carnivorous cockroach reappears after 90 years in Australia

Carnivorous cockroach reappears after 90 years in Australia

Canberra, Australia.- A biology student rediscovered a carnivorous cockroach considered extinct for 90 years, in lord home island About 600 km east of Australia.

Maxim Adams, a student in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, rediscovered the cockroach, which was thought to be extinct and had not been seen since the 1930s on North Bay, a small white-sand beach.

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“The first 10 seconds or so, I thought ‘No, it can’t be.’ I mean, I picked up the first stone under this huge banyan tree, and there it was,” Adams explained with emotion.

“We found their families under this banyan tree,” said lead scientist Nicholas Carlyle of the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

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This species of carnivorous cockroach, which lived throughout the archipelago in the year 1918, however, became extinct after the arrival of rats on the island, a factor that gradually disappeared.

The insect population was scattered on two small islands in the high seas.

Although some close relatives had been found before, the rediscovered group is genetically distinct from those that existed more than 90 years ago.

One curiosity of this exotic insect is that it does not have wings, which confirms that it is Carnivorous cockroach.

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