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Polyzosteria mitchelli
Scientific classification
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Blattidae
Genus:
Polyzosteria
Species:
P. mitchelli
Binomial name
Polyzosteria mitchelli
Angas, 1847
CSIRO ScienceImage 175 Polyzostera mitchelli Cockroach Order Blattodea
P. mitchelli

Polyzosteria mitchelli, also known as Mitchell's diurnal cockroach or the Mardi Gras cockroach, is a species of bush cockroach found in Australia. It is a diurnal species and its typical habitat is semi-arid regions of Australia's warm temperate zone.

Description

Polyzosteria mitchelli is a wingless, dorsally-flattened insect. It is typically blue and yellow in colour, and thus is one of the most strikingly coloured Australian cockroaches. It is primarily found in semi-arid areas of Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

P. mitchelli sprays a pungent defensive fluid from glands in its abdomen when disturbed.

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