Mating pair of peppermint stick insects Megacrania batesii, photographed by The b@t.

Belongs within: Phasmatodea.

The Platycraninae is a group of stick insects found mostly in the Pacific Islands. Members of the Platycraninae are stout, with shortened or vestigial wings, and antennae of moderately length (Brock & Hasenpusch 2009). The peppermint stick insect Megacrania batesii of New Guinea and adjoining regions receives its vernacular name in reference to the smell of the defensive fluid produced from glands on the prothorax.

    |--Davidrentzia Brock & Hasenpusch 2007BH07
    |    `--*D. valida Brock & Hasenpusch 2007BH07
    |--Anophelepis Westwood 1859 [incl. Carnacia Sjöstedt 1918]BH07
    |    `--A. telesphorus Westwood 1859 [incl. Carnacia obscura Sjöstedt 1918]BH07
    |--Echetlus Stål 1875BH07
    |    |--E. fulgens Zompro 2004Z04
    |    `--E. peristhenes (Westwood 1859)BH07
    `--Megacrania Kaup 1871BH07
         |--M. alpheus (Westwood 1859)BH07
         |--M. batesii (Kirby 1896)BH07
         `--M. wegneriK91

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BH07] Brock, P. D., & J. W. Hasenpusch. 2007. Studies on the Australian stick insects (Phasmida), including a checklist of species and bibliography. Zootaxa 1570: 1–81.

[K91] Key, K. H. L. 1991. Phasmatodea (stick-insects). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 1 pp. 394–404. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[Z04] Zompro, O. 2004. A key to the stick-insect genera of the ‘Anareolatae’ of the New World, with descriptions of several new taxa (Insecta: Phasmatodea). Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 39 (2): 133–144.

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