Panesthia cribrata, commonly called the Australian wood cockroach, is a wood-eating species found in rotten logs. It is found from south east Queensland south to the east coast to Tasmania, also seen at Norfolk Island.[2] It depends on wood for sustenance,[3] and manufactures enzymes that digest cellulose.[4]


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  2. ^ http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Panesthia+cribrata "Panesthia cribrata Saussure, 1864" Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved June 30, 2016. author: Burwell of the Queensland Museum
  3. ^ Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas E Biológicas. Associação Brasileira de Divulgação Científica. 1988. p. 706. Retrieved 30 June 2016. Acetate and butyrate are transported to a significantly greater extent in Panesthia cribrata than in Periplaneta americana hindguts, which agrees with the fact that the former depends on wood for food (Hogan et al, 1985). 
  4. ^ Waldbauer, Gilbert (30 June 2009). What Good Are Bugs? Insects in the Web of Life. Harvard University Press. p. 305. ISBN 9780674044746. According to Michael Martin, a very few insects, including a few termites, a few long-horned beetles, and the Australian cockroach Panesthia cribrata, can themselves secrete the enzymes that digest cellulose.