Margatteoidea amoena Bolívar

Desroches Cockroach (Margatteoidea amoena)

The Desroches Cockroach is, resp. was endemic to the island of Desroches, an only 3,24 km² large area of land in the Desroches Atoll in the Amirante islands group of the outer islands of the Seychelles. The species is known from only five specimens that were collected in 1905.

The males reached a length of about 1 cm; the females were smaller.

The Desroches Cockroach disappeared due to the destruction of the island’s indigenous flora.



[1] Justin Gerlach: Red Listing reveals the true state of biodiversity: a comprehensive assessment of Seychelles biodiversity. Phelsuma 20: 9-22. 2012


edited: 28.04.2021