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Species Eurycotis floridana - Florida Woods Cockroach

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Blattodea (Cockroaches and Termites)
Superfamily Blattoidea
Family Blattidae
Genus Eurycotis
Species floridana (Florida Woods Cockroach)
Other Common Names
Skunk Roach, Palmetto Bug
Explanation of Names
Eurycotis floridana (Walker 1868)
adults 24-50 mm
Large, red-brown to almost black, broader than most roaches, often with yellow markings along the edge of the thorax. Adults do not have functional wings.

see the family page to compare with similar species. Adults are recognized by rectangular shape of tegmina that touch at midline:

Adults are not sexually dimorphic. To tell sexes apart use this view:

Nymphs have pale lateral stripes

Ootheca more rectangular than in most other common species, particularly the Oriental cockroach. It has a sharp point on one side that can distinguish it from Smoky brown and Australian cockroaches.

carried by female keel-side up:
When threatened gives off an unpleasant-smelling chemical, supposedly reminiscent of Amaretto. The main component of this chemical is (E)-2-hexenal, which is also a significant component of many heteropteran concoctions.
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