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[Also See: <Orthoptera Details>]
There are five common cockroach species, which have been considered more or less domesticated. These are Blatta orientalis L. (oriental cockroach), Periplaneta americana L. (American cockroach), Periplaneta australasiae Fab. (Australian cockroach), Blatella germanica (German cockroach) and Supella supellectilium Serv. (brown-banded cockroach). [Also see: Order Blattaria in Orthoptera Details].
The following key should facilitate separation of these species:
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Vol. 1, Science Herald, Budapest. 978 p.