Phasmatodea (Stick Insects)
Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Phasmatodea
This popular order of insects have evolved to mimic vegetation most likely as a anti-predator response, they are herbivorous feeding on a variety of leaves. Over 3,000 species have been described worldwide, with most species in the tropics and sub-tropics.
For more information on phasmids in general click here
Trinidad & Tobago Stick Insects
In Trinidad and Tobago there are eight species recorded. They can be very numerous and can be found easily on a night walk through the forest.
For more information and a key for the Trinidad species see:
For profiles of selected species click here
There are four drawers of specimens in the museum covering most of the local species.
Families in the collections include:
Diapheromeridae, Phasmatidae, Prisopodidae, Pseudophasmatidae
Drawer of giant stick insects from UWI collections
Trinidad Log Stick Insect (Creoxylus spinosus) collected by Avion Phillips
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Last updated 28 June 2018