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Phobaeticus serratipes

Phobaeticus serratipes (formerly known as Pharnacia serratipes) is a species of stick insect that at one time was the longest known insect, with one female specimen recorded as being 555 mm long.[2] This measurement includes the legs fully extended front and rear, and the actual length of the body alone is considerably shorter. This insect is endemic in Malaysia and Singapore.[1] It is a popular species among those who raise stick insects.

The record for longest known insect is now held by a specimen of Phobaeticus chani measuring 567 mm, held in the Natural History Museum in London.[3] Phobaeticus serratipes is also slightly shorter in body length than one specimen of Phobaeticus kirbyi.


  1. ^ a b F.H., Hennemann; Conle, O.V. (October 2008). "Revision of Oriental Phasmatodea: The tribe Pharnaciini Günther, 1953, including the description of the world's longest insect, and a survey of the family Phasmatidae Gray, 1835 with keys to the subfamilies and tribes (Phasmatodea: "Anareolatae": Phasmatidae)". Zootaxa (Auckland, New Zealand: Magnolia Press) 1906: 1–316. ISSN 1175-5326. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  2. ^ Seow-Choen, F. (1995). The longest insect in the world. Malayan Nat. 48: 12.
  3. ^ "World's longest insect revealed". Natural History Museum. 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 


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