New York City, home to eight million people and untold numbers of cockroaches, just got a few more of the latter. A newly seen species, Periplaneta japonica, has just been discovered in New York’s elevated High Line park. As its name implies, the cockroach is native to Japan, and this is the first time it’s been spotted in the United States. "It is closely related to the common American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) although it is a bit smaller," said Dominic Evangelista, a Ph.D. candidate in insect biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, who, with co-author Jessica Ware, documented the roach’s presence in a new study just published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.
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