The collections of the Museum of Natural History continue to become a treasure trove of new species waiting to be described and discovered.

Upon examining the brachypterous cockroach collections of the Museum, research associate Cristian C. Lucañas has found two undescribed species, one of which from an undescribed genus. His disovery has been published in the journal Zootaxa (Zootaxa 4294 (1): 130–136) The new genus of brachypterous cockroach, Decoralampra, from the Philippines has been erected with the description of the species Decoralampra fulgencioi. The new genus and species of cockroach is placed under the subfamily Epilamprinae.

Brachypterous cockroaches have shortened tegmina and hindwing. They can be found in areas with leaf litter, fallen logs and water.

The holotype of D. fulgencioi was collected on fallen logs in Real, Quezon in 1986 and deposited at the Museum.

The other new species discovered by Lucañas has been named Cyrtonotula maquilingensis. Cyrtonotula is also an epilamprine genus. The paratypes were first collected in 1967 in Mt. Makiling but were not described. Lucañas was able to recollect specimens in February 2016 which eventually served as the holotype.

Named after Mt. Makiling, this species have been observed on leaf litter and vegetation on areas with trickling water. Lucañas also noted that these cockroaches are able to jump from low vegetation to another despite its reduced tegmina and hindwing.


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