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Lipas (Panesthia angustipennis)

Lipas (Panesthia angustipennis) is a species of animal in Blaberidae, a black, winged cockroach, nymphs having brown features on the upper back near the head, decomposer macrofauna which inhabit many wood residues in the forest ecosystem by eating wood that creates cavities producing wood shreds and fecal pellets.

P. angustipennis has a black or dark brown base color. Males have black heads with brown eyes, ocelli and yellowish brown upper lip. Black antenna with pale yellow apical segment. Sternite and reddish brown or black legs.

Dlium Lipas (Panesthia angustipennis)


Females are similar to males, but rounded back margins, anterior pronotum margins with excision. The nymph is black, has four layers of upper back with four yellowish brown marks on the third and fourth layers, the stomach has six or seven layers.

Lipas live in the tropics with many woody trees for altitudes up to 1500 m. Noted four subspecies is Panesthia angustipennis ssp. angustipennis, Panesthia angustipennis ssp. cognata, Panesthia angustipennis ssp. spadica and Panesthia angustipennis ssp. yayeyamensis.

P. angustipennis has a very important meaning in the wood decomposition process including acacia. Wood cavity by macrofauna will expand the surface of the wood to be attacked by decomposer microorganisms. Wood residue is a source of food and a place to live.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Blattodea
Superfamily: Blaberoidea
Family: Blaberidae
Subfamily: Panesthiinae
Genus: Panesthia
Species: Panesthia angustipennis
Subspecies: Panesthia angustipennis ssp. angustipennis, Panesthia angustipennis ssp. cognata, Panesthia angustipennis ssp. spadica, Panesthia angustipennis ssp. yayeyamensis

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