Phylogeny of Dictyoptera: Dating the Origin of Cockroaches, Praying Mantises and Termites with Molecular Data and Controlled Fossil Evidence
- F. Legendre, A. Nel, G. Svenson, T. Robillard, R. Pellens, P. Grandcolas
- Biology, GeographyPLoS ONE
- 22 July 2015
The authors' datings suggest that crown-Dictyoptera—and stem-mantises—would date back to the Late Carboniferous, a result compatible with the oldest putative fossil of stem-dictyopteran suborders, and suggests a scenario of replacement in carnivory among polyneopterous insects.
A mitochondrial genome phylogeny of termites (Blattodea: Termitoidae): robust support for interfamilial relationships and molecular synapomorphies define major clades.
Reconstructing the origins of praying mantises (Dictyoptera, Mantodea): the roles of Gondwanan vicariance and morphological convergence
It is found that major mantis lineages diverged prior to and during the isolation of geographical regions and subsequent ecomorphic specializations within these regions may have led to convergences in morphology.
Family‐level relationships of the spittlebugs and froghoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadomorpha: Cercopoidea)
The first ever phylogenetic investigation of the higher‐level relationships within Cercopoidea is presented, suggesting four of the five described families are monophyletic and the origins of the major spittlebug lineages probably coincided with the breakup of Pangaea and, subsequently, Gondwana as well as major floristic diversification such as the rise of angiosperms.
Phylogeny of Mantodea based on molecular data: evolution of a charismatic predator
The ancestral predatory condition as generalist hunting is reconstructed, with three independent shifts to cursorial hunting and one shift to ambush hunting, associated with the largest radiation of mantid species.
Manual of praying mantis morphology, nomenclature, and practices (Insecta, Mantodea)
- Sydney K. Brannoch, F. Wieland, J. Rivera, K. Klass, Olivier Béthoux, G. Svenson
- 13 September 2017
A new standardized formulation to present foreleg femoral and tibial spines is proposed for clarity based on previous works, and a series of measurements for taxonomic and morphological research are proposed.
Patterns of praying mantis auditory system evolution based on morphological, molecular, neurophysiological, and behavioural data
Although ultrasonic hearing in several insect groups evolved in response to bat predation, mantis hearing predates the appearance of bats and must originally have functioned in communication, prey detection, or avoidance of nonbat predators.
The Neotropical ‘polymorphic earless praying mantises’ – Part I: molecular phylogeny and revised higher‐level systematics (Insecta: Mantodea, Acanthopoidea)
We perform phylogenetic analyses of the ‘polymorphic earless praying mantises’, a heterogeneous assemblage comprising c. 55% of mantodean diversity in the Neotropics. Bayesian and maximum‐likelihood…
Revision of the Neotropical bark mantis genus Liturgusa Saussure, 1869 (Insecta, Mantodea, Liturgusini)
- G. Svenson
- 18 March 2014
The praying mantis genus Liturgusa Saussure, 1869 occurs only in Central and South America and represents the most diverse genus of Neotropical Liturgusini, which includes bark dwelling species, which live entirely on the trunks and branches of trees and run extremely fast.
Of flowers and twigs: phylogenetic revision of the plant‐mimicking praying mantises (Mantodea: Empusidae and Hymenopodidae) with a new suprageneric classification
A suprageneric revision of the plant‐mimicking mantis families Empusidae and Hymenopodidae is presented on the basis of a total‐evidence phylogenetic analysis with complete generic representation and a dichotomous key to genera is provided.