Australian wood cockroach Panesthia cribrata, from Brisbane Insects.

Belongs within: Blattaria.
Contains: Derocalymma.

The Blaberidae are a diverse group of often stout, slow-moving cockroaches. In most species, the ootheca is retracted into a uterus after formation and nymphs are borne after hatching (Roth 1991).

Characters (from Rentz 1996): Size medium to large. Antenna usually less than half body length. Legs short, stout, generally smooth. Cerci short, sometimes unsegmented, seldom reaching hind margin of supra-anal plate. Male styles present or absent; hood-like genital phallomeres on right side, median phallomere rod-like. Female with extensible brood sac or atrium.

<==Blaberidae [Panchloridae]
    |  i. s.: GromphadorhinaV10
    |           |--G. laevigataMG06
    |           `--G. portentosa (Schaum 1853)V10
    |         Thorax porcellana Saussure 1862V10
    |         Phlebonotus pallens (Serville 1831)V10
    |         OulopteryxRD77
    |         Rhyparobia maderae (Fabr. 1781) [=Blatta maderae]K00
    |         Gyna caffrorum (Stål 1856) (see below for synonymy)K00
    |--Parasphaeria [Zetoborinae]GE05
    |    `--P. boleirianaGE05
    |--Pycnoscelus [Pycnoscelidae, Pycnoscelinae]R91
    |    |--P. indicusR91
    |    `--P. surinamensisR91
    |--DiplopteraV10 [DiplopterinaeR91]
    |    |--D. dytiscoidesWL09
    |    `--D. punctata Erschscholz 1822V10
    |--PanchloraV10 [PanchlorinaeR18]
    |    |--P. bidentula Hebard 1916R18
    |    |--P. exoleta Burmeister 1838R18
    |    `--P. thalassinaR15
    |--Oxyhaloinae [Chorisoneuridae]R96
    |    |--NauphoetaR96
    |    |    |--*N. griseaK00
    |    |    |--N. aspersata Kirby 1900K00
    |    |    |--N. cinereaR96
    |    |    `--N. circumvagansK00
    |    |--Paraneuphoeta rufipesR96
    |    |--ChorisoneuraR18
    |    |    |--C. minutaR15
    |    |    |--C. parishi Rehn 1918R18
    |    |    `--C. texensisBM76
    |    `--Oxyhaloa deusta (Thunb. 1822) (see below for synonymy)K00
    |    |--Monastria biguttataR15
    |    |--Blaptica dubiaR15
    |    `--BlaberusWL09
    |         |--B. craniiferWL09
    |         |--B. discoidalisTC01
    |         |--B. giganteusRD77
    |         `--B. piracicabensisS96
    |    |--SalganeaV10 [SalganeiniR96]
    |    |--Ancaudellia serratissimaR91, A50
    |    |--HemipanesthiaM70
    |    `--Panesthia [Panesthiini]R96
    |         |--P. angustipennisA50
    |         |--P. australisR96
    |         |--P. cribrataR96
    |         |--P. laevicollisR91
    |         `--P. tryoniS01
    |    |--NeolaxtaR96
    |    |--Ataxigamia tateiR96, R91
    |    |--RhabdoblattaR96
    |    |--Molytria inquinataR96
    |    |--PseudocalolampraR91
    |    |--CalolampraR96
    |    |    |--C. asperaMC13
    |    |    `--C. irrorataR96
    |    |--LaxtaR96 [incl. OniscosomaM70]
    |    |    |--L. friedmaniR96
    |    |    `--L. granicollisR96 [=Oniscosoma granicollisT61]
    |    `--EpilampraR91
    |         |--E. conspersa Burmeister 1838R18
    |         |--E. grisea (DeGeer 1773) [=Blatta grisea; incl. E. lucifuga Rehn 1903]R18
    |         |--E. pardalina Walk. 1868K00
    |         |--E. stigmatiphoraR15
    |         `--E. verticalisR15
    |    |--MacropanesthiaR96
    |    |    |--M. monteithiS96
    |    |    `--M. rhinocerosR96
    |    |--ParapanesthiaR96
    |    |    |--P. giganteaR96
    |    |    `--P. pearsoniS96
    |    |--NeogeoscapheusR96
    |    |    |--N. barbaraeS96
    |    |    |--N. dahmsiS96
    |    |    `--N. hirsutusS96
    |    `--GeoscapheusR96
    |         |--G. crenulatusS96
    |         |    |--G. c. crenulatusS96
    |         |    `--G. c. fraserensisS96
    |         |--G. dilatatusR96
    |         |--G. robustusR91
    |         `--G. rugulosusS96
    `--Perisphaeriinae [Perisphaeriidae]BP10
         |--Perisphaerus Serville 1831V10
         |--Cyrtotria Stål 1871BP10
         |    `--C. scabra (Walk. 1868) [=Perisphaeria scabra]K00
         |--Bantua Shelford 1908BP10
         |--Pilema Saussure 1873BP10
         |    |--P. saussurei Kirby 1900K00
         |    `--P. thoracica (Walk. 1868) [=Perisphaeria thoracica; incl. Pi. hebetata Sauss. 1895]K00
         |--Acroporoblatta Hebard 1919G37
         |--Compsagis Chopard 1952BP10
         |    `--C. lesnei (Chopard 1952)V10
         |--Nauclidas Rehn 1930G37
         |    `--N. nigra (Brunner 1892) (see below for synonymy)G37
         |--Poroblatta Hebard 1919G37
         |    |--*P. cylindrica Hebard 1919G37
         |    |--P. apatelaG37
         |    |--P. bicolor Gurney 1937G37
         |    |--P. caudelli Gurney 1937G37
         |    `--P. plutoG37
         |    |--E. obsoleta Kirby 1900K00
         |    `--E. poecila (Schaum 1853) [=Panchlora poecila]K00
         |    |--G. cryptospila (Walk. 1868) [=Polyphaga cryptospila]K00
         |    `--G. discoidalis (Brunn. 1865) [=Perisphaeria discoidalis]K00
         |--Elliptoblatta uniformis Kirby 1900K00
         |--Pronaonota cribrosa Sauss. 1895K00
         |    |--S. capucinaK00
         |    |--S. cylindrica (Walk. 1868) [=Perisphaeria cylindrica]K00
         |    `--S. pallicornis Kirby 1900K00
         `--Hostilis proterva (Stål 1856) [=Blatta proterva, Phyllodromia proterva]K00

Gyna caffrorum (Stål 1856) [=Panchlora caffrorum; incl. Epilampra conspicua Walk. 1869, P. scripta Walk. 1869]K00

Nauclidas nigra (Brunner 1892) [=Parasphaeria nigra, Poroblatta nigra; incl. Perasphaeria (l. c. for Parasphaeria) rufipes Brunner 1892, Po. rufipes]G37

Oxyhaloa deusta (Thunb. 1822) [=Blatta deusta, Proscratea deusta; incl. P. fulviceps Burm. 1839, Oxyhaloa fulviceps, Nauphoeta ruficeps Walk. 1868, Ischnoptera ruficeps, N. signifrons Walk. 1868]K00

*Type species of generic name indicated


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