The brown cockroach (Periplaneta brunnea) is a species of cockroach in the family Blattidae. It is probably originally native to Africa, but today it has a circumtropical distribution, having been widely introduced.In cooler climates it can only survive indoors,and it is considered a household pest.

Periplaneta brunnea

A specimen.

This cockroach is similar in appearance to the American cockroach (P. americana), but darker in color and with thicker, wider, triangularcerci. It is a reddish brown color and has fully developed wings.It reaches up to 4 centimeters in length.

It produces an ootheca about 1.2 to 1.6 centimeters long containing about 24 eggs on average.

It is an omnivore.

Other Scientific Names

  • Periplaneta concolor
  • Periplaneta ignota
  • Periplaneta patens
  • Periplaneta truncata