Lucihormetica luckae Vršanský et al. 2012

Lucka's bioluminescent cockroach (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1939



Tungurahua volcanoe, Tungurahua Province, Ecuador


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Vršanský, P., Chorvát, D. A., Fritzsche, I., Hain, M. and Ševčík, R. (2012). Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence. Naturwissenschaften 99(9): 739-749. [Abstract]


Other references:

Holmes, Branden. (2021). What's Lost and What Remains: The Sixth Extinction in 100 Accounts (eBook). Self published.

Kemp, Christopher. (2017). 12. The Biomimic: The Lightning Cockroach (Lucihormetica luckae). In: The Lost Species. University of Chicago Press.

Merritt, David J. (2013). Standards of evidence for bioluminescence in cockroaches. Naturwissenschaften 100(7): 697-698.

Rudolph, Michael. (2012). New species of bioluminescent cockroach possibly already extinct by volcanic eruption. [Accessed 15 November 2012]

Vršanský, Peter and Chorvát, Dušan (2013). Luminescent system of Lucihormetica luckae supported by fluorescence lifetime imaging. Naturwissenschaften 100(11): 1099-1101. doi:10.1007/s00114-013-1100-z


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