Mauritian Zebra-Faced Roach

Anallacta methanoides


Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $50

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 18 mm. Female: 21 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky
  • Locality: Mauritius. Republic of Mauritius.

A quirky Ectobiid, this species hails from the same island as the extinct dodo bird. This is a high-strung species that moves so quickly that small nymphs appear to teleport. However, if the colony is disrupted suddenly, they will (quite comically) cease all movement before promptly running for cover. Eggs are laid in long, rigid oothecae and will tolerate both high and low humidity. Adults are not particularly long-lived, but both the nymphs and adults compensate for this with intricate patterning on their bodies. The adults have attractively striped faces, sporting black and white stripes complimented by gem-like eyes. The nymphs take on a light violet tinge immediately after molting, and this gradually dries into their normal dark maroon coloration.