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Cape mountain cockroach
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blaberidae
Subfamily: Epilamprinae
Genus: Aptera
Species: A. fusca
Binomial name
Aptera fusca
Thunberg, 1784

The Cape mountain cockroach, Aptera fusca is a giant cockroach which lives in the fynbos biome of the Western Cape region of South Africa. Adult females can be from 30 to 40 mm long. Males are slightly smaller, and have wings, which are absent in females. Unusually for insects, it gives birth to 18-24 live offspring and protects the young for a while after giving birth. When alarmed, it raises its abdomen into the air and squeaks loudly.[1] The only other species in the Aptera genus, A. munda, is rare, and is found in the Richtersveld.[1]


  1. ^ a b Alan Weaving; Griffiths, Charles Llewellyn; Mike Picker (2005). Field Guide To Insects Of Southern Africa (Field Guide Series). Cape Town: Struik Publishers. ISBN 1-77007-061-3.  


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