Finke Gorge National Park

FaunaBlack Headed Goanna Clam Shrimp Denham Stick-insect Nasutitermes triodiae Pied Butcherbird Sand Goanna Scarlet Percher Shield Shrimp Spinifex Pigeon Western Bowerbird Yellow-faced Whip Snake

The following Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), part of the family Phasmatidae was photographed in Palm Valley, Finke Gorge National Park. This genus are known to live in and eat grass.

Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), Palm Valley © Dorothy Latimer
Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), Palm Valley © Dorothy Latimer

At the time of writing, there are listed 176 genera in Phasmatidae, a family of walkingsticks in the order Phasmatodea.

Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), Palm Valley © Dorothy Latimer
Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), Palm Valley © Dorothy Latimer
Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), Palm Valley © Dorothy Latimer
Denham Stick-insect (genus Denhama), Palm Valley © Dorothy Latimer

Many thanks to Matthew Connors for the ID, member of Entomology Australia “Invertebratology” Facebook group.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Phasmida
  • Suborder: Verophasmatodea
  • Infraorder: Anareolatae
  • Family: Phasmatidae
  • Subfamily: Lonchodinae
  • Genus: Denhama
  • Species:
    • Denhama aussa Werner
    • Denhama austrocarinata
    • Denhama eutrachelia
    • Denhama gracilis
    • Denhama longiceps
    • Denhama striata

Note: now in the Family Lonchodidae.

  • Superorder: Orthopterida
  • Order: Phasmida
  • Suborder: Euphasmatodea
  • Family: Lonchodidae
  • Subfamily: Lonchodinae
  • Tribe: Lonchodini
  • Genus: Denhama

Footnote & References

  1. Entomology Australia “Invertebratology” Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/507004496955277/
  2. List of Phasmatidae genera, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Phasmatidae_genera (last visited May 1, 2022)

Finke Gorge National ParkCamping & Picnic Area Boggy Hole Palm Valley Fauna Flora

FaunaBlack Headed Goanna Clam Shrimp Denham Stick-insect Nasutitermes triodiae Pied Butcherbird Sand Goanna Scarlet Percher Shield Shrimp Spinifex Pigeon Western Bowerbird Yellow-faced Whip Snake