Mating pair of peppermint stick insects Megacrania batesii, photographed by The b@t.

Belongs within: Phasmatodea.

The Platycraninae is a group of stick insects found mostly in the Pacific Islands. Members of the Platycraninae are stout, with shortened or vestigial wings, and antennae of moderately length (Brock & Hasenpusch 2009).

<==Platycraninae BH07
    |--Graeffea BH07
    |--Echetlus Stål 1875 BH07
    |    |--E. fulgens Zompro 2004 Z04
    |    `--E. peristhenes (Westwood 1859) BH07
    |--Davidrentzia Brock & Hasenpusch 2007 BH07
    |    `--*D. valida Brock & Hasenpusch 2007 BH07
    |--Anophelepis Westwood 1859 [incl. Carnacia Sjöstedt 1918] BH07
    |    `--A. telesphorus Westwood 1859 [incl. Carnacia obscura Sjöstedt 1918] BH07
    `--Megacrania Kaup 1871 BH07
         |--M. alpheus (Westwood 1859) BH07
         `--M. batesii (Kirby 1896) BH07

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BH07] Brock, P. D. & J. W. Hasenpusch. 2007. Studies on the Australian stick insects (Phasmida), including a checklist of species and bibliography. Zootaxa 1570: 1-81.

Brock, P. D., & J. W. Hasenpusch. 2009. The Complete Field Guide to Stick and Leaf Insects of Australia. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Australia).

[Z04] Zompro, O. 2004. A key to the stick-insect genera of the ‘Anareolatae’ of the New World, with descriptions of several new taxa (Insecta: Phasmatodea). Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 39 (2): 133-144.

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