Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 645–659 | Cite as

New Cockroaches (Dictyoptera: Blattodea) from French Guiana and a Revised Checklist for the Region

  • D A EvangelistaEmail author
  • Z Kotyková Varadínová
  • F Jůna
  • P Grandcolas
  • F Legendre
Systematics, Morphology and Physiology


Although French Guiana is one of the greatest hotspots of cockroach biodiversity on Earth, there are still undocumented species. From both newly collected and museum specimens, we provide species descriptions for Buboblatta vlasaki sp. nov., Lamproblatta antoni sp. nov., and Euhypnorna bifuscina sp. nov. and report new geographic records for species in the genera Epilampra Burmeister, Euphyllodromia Shelford, Ischnoptera Burmeister, and Euhypnorna Hebard. Finally, we update the checklist of species known from the region to 163 total species records from French Guiana, making it the second greatest hotspot of known cockroach biodiversity on Earth.


Guyane France Blattoidea Corydiidae Blaberoidea Lamproblattidae 



The authors offer their thanks to Dr. S. Lopes for her assistance with providing specimen photos as well as Ben Price and Gavin Broad for providing photos of the type for Epilampra opaca. DAE extends his gratitude to Isadora Vuong Van for assistance in the lab. Part of the material studied here was collected during the “Our Planet Reviewed” Guyane-2015 expedition in the Mitaraka range, in the core area of the French Guiana Amazonian Park, organized by the MNHN and Pro-Natura international. The expedition was funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Conseil régional de Guyane, the Conseil général de Guyane, the Direction de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement and by the Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. It was realized in collaboration with the Parc amazonien de Guyane and the Société entomologique Antilles-Guyane. Accordingly, great thanks to all colleagues who assisted with field expeditions and who collected the specimens here.

Author Contributions

ZKV set the scope of the study. FJ, PG, and FL collected specimens and curated them along with DAE and ZKV. DAE, ZKV, PG, and FL provided preliminary identification of specimens. DAE and ZKV took photos and collected data. DAE made illustrations and final taxonomic determinations and wrote descriptions. DAE and ZKV wrote the manuscript and PG and FL provided improvements.

Funding Information

This research was partially funded by the Grant Agency of Charles University, project GAUK 387915. The work of ZKV was supported by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (DKRVO 2018/14, 00023272). Author DAE was supported by Rutgers University, Newark, and the US National Science Foundation award no. 1608559 during the course of this research.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Supplementary material

13744_2019_677_MOESM1_ESM.pdf (739 kb)
ESM 1 Checklist of the cockroaches of the Guiana Shield. Updated with new information. “o” indicates presence in a region; “?” indicates unverified record; “+” indicates a record, new from this paper. (PDF 738 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Systématique Evolution Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRSSorbonne Université, EPHEParisFrance
  2. 2.Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary BiologyThe Univ of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.Dept of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceCharles UnivPragueCzech Republic
  4. 4.Dept of ZoologyNational MuseumPragueCzech Republic

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