Leaproach, a Jumping Cockroach, Discovered in South Africa

Posted on May 29, 2011


The leaproach (Saltoblattella montistabularis) is a newly discovered species of cockroach that has grasshopper like legs that give it the ability to jump. Prior to the discovery of the leapraoch, cockroaches were only known from the Late Jurassic. The leaproach was discovered in an undergrowth in Table Mountain National Park near Cape Town, South Africa. The discovery was made by South African scientist Mike Picker.

The leaproach made it on the Top 10 New Species for 2011, which is selected annually by the International Institute for Species Exploration.


Photos: Mike Picker/University of Cape Town

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