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Stick Insect, Phasmid - Female

Kalocorinnis wegneri

Description:

I choose this special Phasmid to be my Spotting number 2222. This is a rare Phasmid find, only described in 1995 from 2 badly condition specimens. So, this could be the first live records of this species. Males of this species have not been recorded yet. Small Phasmid, around 6 cm, with wings and capable of flight. She has an odd-shaped face with spines on her prothorax.

Habitat:

Tropical forest

Notes:

New organism to Project Noah

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45 Comments (1–25)

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Ashley for this honour! :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats Albert, your unique Stick Insect has made the top 10 arthropod spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 arthropod spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 9th. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10! https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Billo and you are welcome, @Leslie

Billo-kun
Billo-kun 6 years ago

:'D amazing! Congratulations!

LeslieEdwards
LeslieEdwards 6 years ago

Albert, thanks for the info. Appreciate your time and the great details.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Luis, @venusflytrap2000, @Antonio and @doreen :)

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 6 years ago

How wonderful! Congrats.

Awesome find Albert,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing,these amazing find

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 6 years ago

congratulations, albertkang!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

Congrats Albert!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @David, @Zlatan, @Harsha, @mauna and all the rest who favourited this spotting. Really appreciates that :)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Congrats, Albert!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

wonderful!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 6 years ago

great find and excellent shots, congrats for such a symbolic figure.

DavidMroczkowski
DavidMroczkowski 6 years ago

Great!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Daniele, @DrNamgyalT.Sherpa and @LeslieEdwards.

@Leslie - the sizes of the Phasmids under the genus Kalocorinnis is small. In the papers published by P.E.Bragg describing this species, he has a comparison to another species of Kalocorinnis, Kalocorinnis pulchella. The adult Female specimen was measured at 38 mm (1.5 inches) and adult Male specimen at 28 mm (1.1 inches). The 2 specimens of Kalocorinnis wegneri that P.E. Bragg based on for his description was measured at 53 - 57 mm (2.1 - 2.25 inches).

Generally, it is common to come across adult Phasmids ranging in sizes between 2 - 6 inches (5 - 15 cm) depending on Males or Females. Males are usually much smaller than the Female.

The longest Phasmid recorded is from Malaysia, Phobaeticus chani at 35.7 cm (14 inches) and 57 cm (22 inches) with her legs extended.

The shortest Phasmid recorded is from Ecuador, Grylloclonia minima with the adult male at 17.5 mm (0.7 inches). Also at this similar recorded small size is an adult Female Miniphasma prima from Sri Lanka and the Male is presumed to be smaller, however, no Males of this species have been sighted yet.

Hope you find the above info interesting and useful :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert!

LeslieEdwards
LeslieEdwards 6 years ago

Nice photos. You mention that it is a small Phasmid. Is that small for the species or small for the genus? How large do they get? The stick insects I've encountered in Florida are generally 2-6". Appreciate any info you can provide.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Congrats Albert for the SOTW!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks @Yasser for this honour. Am just happy to be given the opportunity to share my Spottings with the Project Noah's community.

Thanks, @triggsturner and @arlanda :)

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert!

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Well deserved SOTW Albert. Fantastic to have this species on photographic record.

Yasser
Yasser 6 years ago

Albert, you shared a sensational spotting with us as your 2,222nd submission! We have chosen this rare and potentially historic series as our Spotting of the Week. Congratulations! Your photo collection is a true treasure and we are all very lucky to be able to share in your explorations. Here's to 2,222 more spottings in the future and thanks again for sharing such incredible encounters with us.

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AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Maria.
It would be fantastic to get the opportunity to photograph the Male, its not going to be easy. The Winged Species can actually be very difficult to find, not because of their camouflage/mimicry but also they tends to be higher up in the tree canopies.
Also, this species are small in size, less than 6 cm. So the Males are likely to be much smaller and thinner.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Superb spotting, Albert. I hope you can find the male to photograph as well!

AlbertKang
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AlbertKang

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on May 9, 2015
Submitted on May 29, 2015

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