Giant hissing cockroach

Giant hissing cockroach

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Giant hissing cockroach (Gromphadorina portentosa) sitting on a rock at the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park in Madagascar. The cockroach is wingless and can reach a length of around nine centimetres. It is found throughout Madagascar where it scavenges on forest floors. It creates its distinctive hissing noise by pushing air through spiracles on its abdomen.

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Keywords: animal, close-up, cockroach, creepy-crawly, entomological, entomology, fauna, giant hissing cockroach, gromphadorhina portentosa, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, madagascar, nature, one, rock, single, tsimanampetsotsa, wildlife, zoology

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