New Species of Roach Found on the Upper West Side?

by - December 30, 2009 at 5:09 pm -

cockroachWho says the only wildlife on the West Side are rabid raccoons and overindulged pets? Some enterprising students from Trinity High School on 91st street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues tested the DNA of a roach found in an Upper West Side apartment and learned that they may have discovered a  totally new species of roach.

The students, Brenda Tan and Matt Cost, call the new cockroach “a genetically distinct ‘mystery’ cockroach… By appearance it looks like the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) but it is genetically different from other American Cockroaches in the databases.”

Nice work guys. Just what we need. A new genetically superior “mystery” cockroach on the Upper West Side. Please don’t tell us it flies and spits bug juice on humans. We’re going to go cower under the bed now. (photo via Rockefeller University, which collaborated on the project with the students and the American Museum of Natural History. The New York Times got to this story first)

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