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Threatened species

Lord Howe Island wood-feeding cockroach - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Panesthia lata
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 13 Feb 2004
Profile last updated: 25 Jan 2019


A large wingless wood-eating cockroach with a total length of 22-40 mm. Body colour is metallic and varies from reddish to black. The female is generally blacker than the male, showing less of the reddish tinge and lacking the metallic shine.


Found only on Lord Howe Island group. Now extinct on the main Island, known to survive on smaller offshore islands.

Habitat and ecology

  • Damp shaded locations under closed forest, scrub or in herb/grass communities.
  • Found amongst rotting logs and sheltering under rocks.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Predicted Blackburn (Rabbit) Island and Admiralty Islands in Lord Howe Island Group