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Phobaeticus chani is a stick insect from Northern Borneo that has only recently been described by British entomologist Philip Bragg (Hennemann & Conle 2008). These animals are very long and very slender and have very long legs. The overall length of the largest known specimen with the fore legs stretched out straight is 567 mm. Body length only, including the subgenital plate is 333.5–357.0 mm. This makes P. chani the longest known extant insect in the world. Because of its remarkable size, P. chani was recently chosen by the International Institute for Species Exploration as one of the Top 10 New Species of 2008.


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