Cockroach Species File (Version 5.0/5.0)
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Cockroach Species File Online

Copyright G. W. Beccaloni
Lucihormetica fenestrata

Copyright Josef Dvořák
Eucorydia sp.

Copyright G. W. Beccaloni
Elliptorhina javanica

Copyright Josef Dvořáki
Capucina sp.
George Beccaloni, Founder & Author,
   Wallace Correspondence Project, London
David C. Eades, Database Developer,
   Illinois Natural History Survey
Heidi Hopkins, Assistant Editor,
   Ithaca College, New York, USA

With the cooperation of
The Orthopterists' Society  
Copyright Thierry Garcia
Melyroidea magnifica
Copyright Stephane Brouard
Periplaneta americana
Copyright G. W. Beccaloni
Ectobius lapponicus

The Cockroach Species File (CSF) is an up-to-date taxonomic catalogue of the world's cockroaches, excluding fossil species. Cockroaches belong to the order Blattodea (sometimes known as Blattaria) as too do the termites. In the past termites were thought to be a separate order, Isoptera, but recent work confirms that they are in fact blattodeans.

The CSF includes c. 6,700 scientific names (all ranks, valid and not valid) and c. 4,600 valid species are recognised. Images of museum specimens (especially types), plus pictures of living cockroaches are slowly being added.

NOTE: The spellings of the scientific names in the CSF, plus the names of their authors and the year of their description are now more accurate than in the previous world catalogue of cockroaches, which was compiled by Karlis Princis (1893-1978) and published between 1962 and 1971. In addition the synonomy and higher classification of most taxa is up-to-date, unlike Princis' catalogue. Having said this, there are still likely to be errors, so if you find any please inform George.

To see information contained in the database, use the links across the top of the page.  Click on Search to find a specific taxon or other kinds of information.  Clicking on Taxa will make the order Blattodea your current taxon unless you have previously moved to a different taxon in this session.

This website and database use Species File Software.  Information about the design and use of SFS may be found on a separate website.

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Please send comments and questions about the database and its development to George Beccaloni (send mail).  When referencing this website, please use the following format:  Beccaloni, G. W. 2014. Cockroach Species File Online. Version 5.0/5.0. World Wide Web electronic publication. <> [accessed 11 July 2014*].  * Please give the precise date you used the BSF.  Use to bookmark this website.

Copyright Josef Dvořák
Polyzosteria mitchelli
Copyright Gernot Kunz
Prosoplecta sp.
Copyright Josef Dvořák
Caeparia sp.

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