Platyzosteria morosa

Blattidae  : Polyzosteriinae  : Polyzosteriini

Another Australian species from the vicinity of Adelaide. It is common in a natural, but not native coastal habitat just south of Whangarei close to the port and oil storage area of Marsden Point.
It is the same size and looks much the same as the endemic Maoriblatta novaeseelandiae with which it lives. It can be identified by its asymmetric claws, lighter punctation and that its scale-like tegmina are not completely separated from the mesonotum . The cerci have distinctive sharp, thorn-like apices.

Text updated: 23/11/2015