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Threatened species

Lord Howe Island Phasmid - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Dryococelus australis
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 17 Aug 2012
Profile last updated: 21 Jan 2020


A giant flightless stick insect over 12 cm in length. The adult is a honey-brown colour with a white stripe down the side, while young animals are bright green.


Found only on Lord Howe Island group. Now extinct on the main Island, but survives on Ball's Pyramid.

Habitat and ecology

  • Previously widespread on main island of Lord Howe Island, where it was found in a variety of forest habitats.
  • Burrow in damp leaf debris during the day and emerge to feed on shrubs at night.
  • Appear to require proximity to seepages.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Predicted None