There are just two species in the genus Extatosoma. One lives in Australia and this one lives in New Guinea. This species looks like a cactus rather than a stick. It is a female because it is bigger (bulkier) and with more spines than a male. Its legs too are prickly and shaped and colored like the leaves of a desert plant.
Spotted in the central highlands of Papua, Indonesia (Mamit village).
This photo was taken by my daughter B. Frazier. She has given me permission to post it in my collection. :-)
Spotted on Feb 6, 2013
Submitted on Apr 22, 2013
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