Discoidal Assassin Mimic

Paranauphoeta discoidalis

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Mixed nymphs: $10/each (Not available)
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $100 (Not available)

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 20 mm. Female: 22 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Ovoviviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

This species of assassin mimic has a disc-shaped pronotum marking with thumb-like extensions pointing posteriorly. As its name suggests, it mimics assassin bugs in the wild; the twin spot markings are common on many assassin bug species (which possess painful bites or noxious defensive odors), and the roach uses this visual similarity to fool predators into thinking it is dangerous. Coupled with its preference for hiding beneath bark (another typical assassin bug habit), the illusion is quite impressive. It is a fun species to keep due to its unique look, which does not exclude the nymphs: they too appear to mimic some as-yet unknown organism (perhaps an assassin bug nymph?), considering their abdomens possess an extremely conspicuous orange splotch. For the year of 2015, the discoidal assassin mimic nymph will serve as the mascot for Roach Crossing.