Blaberidae is the second largest family of cockroaches worldwide, although Australia has few species. Many species such as Geoscapheus dilatatus are adapted for burrowing in soil, having robust body shapes and short powerful legs.

Geoscapheus dilatatus

Also belonging to this family is the giant rhinoceros cockroach Macropanesthia rhinoceros which lives in northern Queensland. This cockroach is the largest in the world and can weigh up to 30 grams. It can live for several years and is sometimes kept as a pet.

For more Blaberidae species visit the Australian Insect Common Names website



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