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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
Phobaeticus Chani stickbug

Photo: Romulo A. Ceccon/Flickr

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Phobaeticus chani

The Phobaeticus chani stickbug (not pictured — that's a similar-looking relative at left) is on record as the world's longest insect — it can grow up to 22 inches long — and seems almost otherworldly. I pity the predator that has to pick this bug out from among the sticks, because this bug is a master of disguise. This stickbug was discovered in Borneo where only six specimens are known to exist because of the difficulty of studying them in their natural habitat high in the rain forest canopy. The Natural History Museum contains the longest Phobaeticus chani stickbug at 22 inches.