Extinct Cockroach Bears Uncanny Resemblance to Jawa

24 May

by Erik Franco / Motherboard

513fa0e43d50b351808f2b8d6d846889_vice_630x420

Arizona State University scientists recently released their annual list of 10 recently discovered species, and among the otherworldly-looking group is a luminescent cockroach whose otherworldliness is less hyperbole and actually quite specific. The glowing roach is a spitting image of a Jawa. 

But in the time since the species was discovered and its existence formally published, the Tatooine look-alike may have actually become extinct. In 2010 after a volcano in Ecuador erupted, which served as lucihormetica luckae’s only known habitat, the weird roaches haven’t been spotted. 

“Nearly as soon as this species became known to science, it may have been extinguished by the eruption of the Tungurahua Volcano, where it lived,” Mongabay reported late last year. And although the paper documenting their discovery was only published last July, “no specimens have been found since the eruption in 2010.”

So in addition to exhibiting an uncanny resemblance to George Lucas’s fictional creatures, the roaches too, like Jawas, don’t exist. Despite a likely extinction, ASU’s International Institute for Species Exploration included lucihormetica luckae on its list anyway. 

Here’s a composite of the rest of the species that round out the list:

82fe2f7bcffa59426c4d853fbe918aff

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: