Phylliidae (leaf insects, walking leaves; subclass Pterygota, order Phasmatodea) Family of large insects in which the body is flattened dorsoventrally, and the legs have broad, flattened extensions, thus giving the insect a strikingly leaf-like appearance. The family is found mainly in south-east Asia and New Guinea, although, together with the stick insects (Phasmatidae), these insects have become popular household pets in other parts of the world. There are more than 50 species.
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