Sea roaches in Blimbing

Posted by David Khoirul

Although I'm afraid of cockroaches, this kind of roach doesn't scare me. Western sea roach, known as urang-urangan in my village Blimbing, is oval and may reach up to 30 millimetres (1.2 in) in length, making it the largest oniscid isopod. Its color varies from grey to olive-green, and it has large compound eyes and long antennae, as long as its body. To get these pictures, I had to wait patiently since the roaches -- which are also called Ligia oceanica -- are very sensitive animals. I took them this morning on Gowah beach, in the subdistrict of Paciran, using my Sony Ericsson K810i.


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