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Aberrant Stick-insect at Wonboyn, NSW

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Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019
Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019
Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019
Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019
Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019

Identification history

Other Insect Candovia aberrata 10 Jan 2019 Paul Whitington
Other Insect Candovia aberrata 9 Jan 2019 Paul Whitington

Author's notes

I consulted Paul D Brock, co-author of "The complete field guide to Stick and Leaf Insects of Australia" CSIRO to help identify this individual.

5 comments

   10 Jan 2019
There is only one other record of this species on the ALA. https://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/141c37cf-a2bf-4a3c-8650-c1783f3b4e7c
This record is from the Lockyer Valley, QLD.
   10 Jan 2019
This is a record of the green morph of the same species I found in 2016
Other Insect Candovia aberrata (Aberrant Stick-insect) on 18 Jan 2016
RogerF wrote:
   10 Jan 2019
I am not familiar with this genus and species so I consulted my copy of Brock. I assume that this is a female. It has distinctly banded legs, Brock calls them mottled but that maybe because he is dealing with dry pinned specimens. Aberrata has plain legs according to the description on p151. There are two species with 'slightly mottled' legs caenosa and strumosa. Caenosa is supposed to have long mid legs but that's not obvious in the pinned specimen or his photo of the male. I can't see if the thorax is granulated. Brock records aberrata from Jenolan and all species have a wider distribution than collections indicate. Unless you have something I have missed I would prefer to have this stick recorded as Candovia sp.
   11 Jan 2019
Hi Roger. I agree that one couldn’t call the species based on the images and description in Brock’s book. However, Paul Brock sent me a couple of his images of Candovia aberrata as well as some information about the wide range of colour morphs seen in Candovia spp. I’ve collated this and my own images at this page.
https://southernforestlife.net/notes/2019/1/8/stick-insect. Could you have a look at this and let me know whether you think a case can be made for calling my insects Candovia aberrata? I’m happy to go to Candovia sp. if you’re unconvinced. I agree that my sightings would constitute a range extension of this species if true.
RogerF wrote:
   11 Jan 2019
If Paul has identified it then I am happy to go along with that although it would be good to have some morphological features to rely on rather than colour patterns that are notoriously variable in phasmids and disappear after preservation. So I still have some reservations. There is a big collection of stick insects in ANIC that are not on ALA and the types are scattered throughout the world that adds to the problem of identification. I find the way the species are presented in the book rather confusing as there are no actual keys to rely on. Your suggestion of rearing some specimens is a good one.

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Iridomyrmex sp. (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Jan 2019 Orthetrum villosovittatum at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Jan 2019 Egernia saxatilis intermedia at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Jan 2019 Psednura pedestris at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Jan 2019 Psednura pedestris at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Jan 2019 Villa sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Jan 2019 Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jan 2019 Lamprima aurata at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Jan 2019 Aglaosoma variegata at Wonboyn, NSW - 12 Jan 2019 Coequosa triangularis at Wonboyn, NSW - 9 Jan 2019 Merrinella tandanya at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019 Conocephalus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019 Diplacodes haematodes at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Jan 2019 Austroboletus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2019 Boletellus emodensis at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2019 Gastrimargus musicus at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2019 Adversaeschna brevistyla at Wonboyn, NSW - 2 Jan 2019 Argiope keyserlingi at Wonboyn, NSW - 2 Jan 2019 TIPHIIDAE sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 2 Jan 2019 Limnodynastes peronii at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Jan 2019 Pseudechis porphyriacus at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Jan 2019 Microtis unifolia at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Dec 2018 Comocrus behri at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Dec 2018 Melanodes anthracitaria at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Dec 2018 Malurus cyaneus at Wonboyn, NSW - 23 Dec 2018 Xerochrysum bracteatum at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Dec 2018 Cacomantis flabelliformis at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Dec 2018 Rhopaea verrauxii at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Dec 2018 Isopeda montana at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Dec 2018 Limnodynastes peronii at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Dec 2018 Tisiphone abeona at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Dec 2018 Candalides hyacinthinus at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018 Delena cancerides at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018 Candalides hyacinthinus at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018 Argiope keyserlingi at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018 Paralucia aurifer at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018 Amegilla sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018 Orthetrum caledonicum at Wonboyn, NSW - 10 Dec 2018 Castiarina scalaris at Wonboyn, NSW - 10 Dec 2018 Candalides xanthospilos at Wonboyn, NSW - 30 Nov 2018 Pteryperga sp. (genus) at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Nov 2018 Taxeotis perlinearia at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Nov 2018 Platagarista macleayi at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Nov 2018 Castiarina scalaris at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2018 Tipanaea patulella at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2018 Neochmia temporalis at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2018 Coequosa triangularis at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Nov 2018 Toxidia doubledayi at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Hypocysta metirius at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Neolucia mathewi at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Vanessa kershawi at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Paralucia aurifer at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Neolucia agricola at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Mordellidae sp. (family) at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018 Holconia immanis at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Nov 2018 Crinia signifera at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Nov 2018 Litoria peronii at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Nov 2018 Paralucia aurifer at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018 Ocybadistes walkeri (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018 Candalides xanthospilos at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018 Neolucia mathewi at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018 Litoria ewingii at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Aug 2018 Aulacocyclus edentulus at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Aug 2018 Scioglyptis chionomera at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Aug 2018 Litoria ewingii at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Aug 2018 Pharochilus punctiger at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Aug 2018 Calyptorhynchus lathami at Wonboyn, NSW - 4 Aug 2018 Cracticus torquatus at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Aug 2018 Zoothera lunulata at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jul 2018 Laxta friedmani at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jul 2018 Hanseniella sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jul 2018 Cryptops sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jul 2018 Calyptorhynchus lathami at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jul 2018 Apotrechus unicolor at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jul 2018 Stereum hirsutum at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Jun 2018 Fistulinella prunicolor at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Jun 2018 Cortinarius archeri at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Jun 2018 Cyptotrama asprata at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jun 2018 Galerina patagonica (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jun 2018 Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jun 2018 Macropus rufogriseus at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Jun 2018 Cryptachaea gigantipes at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Jun 2018 Hadronyche nimoola at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jun 2018 Cortinarius sinapicolor (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jun 2018 Gymnometriocnemus nitidulus at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jun 2018 Hadronyche nimoola at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jun 2018 Neosparassus diana at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jun 2018 Cryptachaea gigantipes at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Jun 2018 Oxycanus dirempta at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Jun 2018 Tamopsis sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Jun 2018 Tremella mesenterica at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jun 2018 Agaricus augustus (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jun 2018 Agaricus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jun 2018 Mycena albidofusca (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018 Heterotextus miltinus (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018 Cortinarius sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018 Calyptorhynchus lathami at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018 Lemodes coccinea at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018 Arbanitis melancholicus at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Jun 2018 Cyptotrama asprata at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Jun 2018
Iridomyrmex sp. (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Jan 2019
Orthetrum villosovittatum at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Jan 2019
Egernia saxatilis intermedia at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Jan 2019
Psednura pedestris at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Jan 2019
Psednura pedestris at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Jan 2019
Villa sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Jan 2019
Candovia aberrata at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jan 2019
Lamprima aurata at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Jan 2019
Aglaosoma variegata at Wonboyn, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Coequosa triangularis at Wonboyn, NSW - 9 Jan 2019
Merrinella tandanya at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019
Conocephalus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 8 Jan 2019
Diplacodes haematodes at Wonboyn, NSW - 7 Jan 2019
Austroboletus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2019
Boletellus emodensis at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2019
Gastrimargus musicus at Wonboyn, NSW - 6 Jan 2019
Adversaeschna brevistyla at Wonboyn, NSW - 2 Jan 2019
Argiope keyserlingi at Wonboyn, NSW - 2 Jan 2019
TIPHIIDAE sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 2 Jan 2019
Limnodynastes peronii at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Jan 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Jan 2019
Microtis unifolia at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Dec 2018
Comocrus behri at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Dec 2018
Melanodes anthracitaria at Wonboyn, NSW - 28 Dec 2018
Malurus cyaneus at Wonboyn, NSW - 23 Dec 2018
Xerochrysum bracteatum at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Dec 2018
Cacomantis flabelliformis at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Dec 2018
Rhopaea verrauxii at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Dec 2018
Isopeda montana at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Dec 2018
Limnodynastes peronii at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Dec 2018
Tisiphone abeona at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Candalides hyacinthinus at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018
Delena cancerides at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018
Candalides hyacinthinus at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018
Argiope keyserlingi at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018
Paralucia aurifer at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018
Amegilla sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Dec 2018
Orthetrum caledonicum at Wonboyn, NSW - 10 Dec 2018
Castiarina scalaris at Wonboyn, NSW - 10 Dec 2018
Candalides xanthospilos at Wonboyn, NSW - 30 Nov 2018
Pteryperga sp. (genus) at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Nov 2018
Taxeotis perlinearia at Wonboyn, NSW - 29 Nov 2018
Platagarista macleayi at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Nov 2018
Castiarina scalaris at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2018
Tipanaea patulella at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2018
Neochmia temporalis at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Nov 2018
Coequosa triangularis at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Nov 2018
Toxidia doubledayi at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Hypocysta metirius at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Neolucia mathewi at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Vanessa kershawi at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Paralucia aurifer at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Neolucia agricola at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Mordellidae sp. (family) at Wonboyn, NSW - 16 Nov 2018
Holconia immanis at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Nov 2018
Crinia signifera at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Nov 2018
Litoria peronii at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Nov 2018
Paralucia aurifer at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018
Ocybadistes walkeri (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018
Candalides xanthospilos at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018
Neolucia mathewi at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Nov 2018
Litoria ewingii at Wonboyn, NSW - 22 Aug 2018
Aulacocyclus edentulus at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Aug 2018
Scioglyptis chionomera at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Aug 2018
Litoria ewingii at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Aug 2018
Pharochilus punctiger at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Aug 2018
Calyptorhynchus lathami at Wonboyn, NSW - 4 Aug 2018
Cracticus torquatus at Wonboyn, NSW - 1 Aug 2018
Zoothera lunulata at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jul 2018
Laxta friedmani at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jul 2018
Hanseniella sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jul 2018
Cryptops sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jul 2018
Calyptorhynchus lathami at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jul 2018
Apotrechus unicolor at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jul 2018
Stereum hirsutum at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Jun 2018
Fistulinella prunicolor at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Jun 2018
Cortinarius archeri at Wonboyn, NSW - 25 Jun 2018
Cyptotrama asprata at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jun 2018
Galerina patagonica (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jun 2018
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 24 Jun 2018
Macropus rufogriseus at Wonboyn, NSW - 21 Jun 2018
Cryptachaea gigantipes at Wonboyn, NSW - 20 Jun 2018
Hadronyche nimoola at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jun 2018
Cortinarius sinapicolor (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 19 Jun 2018
Gymnometriocnemus nitidulus at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jun 2018
Hadronyche nimoola at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jun 2018
Neosparassus diana at Wonboyn, NSW - 18 Jun 2018
Cryptachaea gigantipes at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Jun 2018
Oxycanus dirempta at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Jun 2018
Tamopsis sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 17 Jun 2018
Tremella mesenterica at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jun 2018
Agaricus augustus (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jun 2018
Agaricus sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 15 Jun 2018
Mycena albidofusca (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Heterotextus miltinus (TBC) at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Cortinarius sp. at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Calyptorhynchus lathami at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Lemodes coccinea at Wonboyn, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Arbanitis melancholicus at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Jun 2018
Cyptotrama asprata at Wonboyn, NSW - 13 Jun 2018

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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