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Velvet shell

(engl: Peruphasma schultei)

At home on only five hectares 

The Peruphasma schultei or Peruvian stick insect was discovered in 2004 in the Cordillera del Condor, in the north of Peru. They live within a five hectare radius.

Rarely beautiful 

Under the direction of the German biologist Rainer Schulte, which the species scientific name is named after, a Peruvian conservation organisation was created, which included a breeding program for the Peruphasma schultei. It is hoped this will save the insect from extinction.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Samtschrecke
Verbreitungsgebiet: Samtschrecke
Scientific Surname Peruphasma schultei
Order Gespensterschrecken
Family Pseudophasmatidae
Size ♂ bis 5 cm, ♀ bis 7 cm
Weight wenige Gramm
Reproduction Ei-Entwicklung: 5 Monate ♂ Larve: 9 Monate ♀ Larve: 12 Monate
Distribution Peru
Habitat trees
Food Leaves
Livestock endangered
Lifespan Adulttier: einige Monate