I accidentally cut a cockroach's half part of the abdomen.

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I accidentally cut a cockroach's half part of the abdomen.

Post by satrohraj » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:24 pm

I was worrying about it survival..
How many hours can it survive? with out the last 4-5 segments?
I was watching it for 20 minutes..It was acting normal, running around..

My question is:

How long can a Cockroach survive without the last 5 segments? It's a male cockroach.
I think the cockroach is Periplanata Americana. (Common Indian cockroach)
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Post by Beetle » Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:52 pm

Hmmm, probably very long. Insects, unlike us dont need to have their hole body intact to function normaly. During my stuides i came to information that a decapitaded cockroach would die from starvation rather than the decapitation. Though i didnt try this. But they doesnt have much in their head to cause mass body function failure. And also there is cephalic domination (i think that is the term) when brain supress the other nerve centers like toracic ganglion or abdomenal ganglion, e.g. in Mantis religiosa, to fully function (when female eats the head of male during copulation and he continues to do it or even do it better). I know since i was a kid that insect can sustain high amount of damage before they eventualy die. Severed legs, pierced torax or abdomen, drowned, smashed, kicked.... i even tried to pump the body of insects with water or some other liquid and they didnt die (though depending of liquid). And many of that things would kill any higher animal several time. (yes i know i was very brutal child but also biologicaly curious, but i only did it on insects, i was never interested into experimenting on cats or dogs :))

Your roach would probably die form dehidratation through that abdomenal opening. Maybe you can try to put one roach in normal enviroment and the other in very humid one like in a closed bottle. They dont say for nothing that roaches will outlive us all after the nuclear war. ;)
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Post by satrohraj » Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:23 pm

Its been 28 hours... and still is alive..
But the movement is a bit slower..
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Post by Dr.Stein » Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:48 am

It will be dead when it doesn't have food reservoir to provide its energy anymore ;)

Even cockroach without head can live for several days but it will be dead soon after it doesn't have energy, which commonly obtained from eating or food reservoir in its body :)
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Post by MrMistery » Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:46 pm

yeah, i have heard that too. Some cockroaches can live 3 weeks without their head.
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Post by Snake_Bis » Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:13 pm

Omg, I didn't know it before... But is it the same for all insects ???

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Post by satrohraj » Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:30 pm

No Grammar mistakes ... you are good
i dont think so, Spiders die soon
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Post by MrMistery » Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:42 pm

But then again, spiders are not insects.
No, it is not the same for absolutely all insects...
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Post by satrohraj » Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:44 pm

Can't we call all arthropods as insects?
I know that insecta is a seperate class...but i always have had an impression that all arthopods are insects or insect-like
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Post by MrMistery » Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:54 pm

wrong impression ;)
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Post by AstusAleator » Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:30 pm

spiders = chelicerates
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Post by Dr.Stein » Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:16 am

satrohraj wrote:Can't we call all arthropods as insects?
I know that insecta is a seperate class...but i always have had an impression that all arthopods are insects or insect-like

if I were your Animal Systematics lecturer, I would like to give you "E" mark for the class :lol: :lol:
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