Alice Springs Fauna •

The genus Calolampra are a group of Australian cockroaches in the family Blaberidae. They have a number of common names including Bark Cockroach and Native Cockroach and often found under leaf litter and bark.

The Calolampra pictured here were under a large rock, that was also covering leaf litter in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The first set of photos is a of a female measuring approximately 3 cm in length

Calolampra sp (Bark Cockroach), Alice Springs NT
Calolampra sp (Bark Cockroach), Alice Springs NT
Calolampra sp (Bark Cockroach), Alice Springs NT
Calolampra sp (Bark Cockroach), Alice Springs NT

The following Calolampra sp was photographed the following day in the same location in Alice Springs (again under a rock). It was about 2.5 cm in length and lighter in colour.

Calolampra sp (Bark Cockroach), Alice Springs NT
Calolampra sp (Bark Cockroach), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Blattodea
  • Superfamily: Blaberoidea
  • Family: Blaberidae
  • Subfamily: Epilamprinae
  • Genus: Calolampra

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Cael David-Gallery, Matthew Connors, Amal H. Abdallah, members of Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639/
  2. Calolampra Saussure, 1893, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/033911e1-775d-4f03-9660-86a780a5b1e9
  3. Genus Calolampra, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/490418-Calolampra
  4. Genus Calolampra, ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/191169171

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