Robshelfordia simplexCommon name: Shelford's Western Cockroach

Meaning of name: Robshelfordia recognises Robert Shelford, who wrote several papers on Australian cockroaches from 1906. Simplex is a Latin word meaning not compound or not divided.

Distribution: This cockroach is known from the south-west and south-east of Australia but not from the areas in between.

Description: This cockroach was approximately 10 millimetres long.

Remarks: We have photographed this species in December, February, March and April.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.

A Guide to the Cockroaches of Australia. David Rentz. 2014.