Agathemera

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Chinchemolle
Chinchemolle.JPG
The chinchemolle, Agathemera
specimens damaged by loss of one antenna
Scientific classification
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Agathemerodea
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Agathemera
Binomial name
Agathemera crassa

Agathemera (the chinchemolle) is a phasmid insect from Chile and Argentina. It is famous for its intense odor, which is its main defence.[1]

It is notable for its sexual dimorphism. Females are much bigger than males, at 75mm long and 16mm wide in the thorax.[2]

This phasmid is an evolutionary isolate. It is alone in its suborder, and there are few publications about it.

References[change | change source]

  1. «El Chinchemolle». Museo de Ciencias Naturales del profesorado en biología- Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología de la Universidad Autónoma de Entre Ríos(U.A.D.E.R.) - Sede Concepción del Uruguay - Provincia de Entre Ríos - República Argentina. Consultado el 12 de mayo de 2012. [1] Comment: this photgraph shows the male mounting the female in mating. Notice that both insects have a colony of parasitic lice attached to them (tiny reddish blobs).
  2. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" 1898. de mayo de 2012