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A Cretaceous-aged Palaeotropical dispersal established an endemic lineage of Caribbean praying mantises
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This study focuses on three Antillean endemic praying mantis genera, Callimantis, Epaphrodita and Gonatista, to determine their phylogenetic placement and geographical origins and recovered the three genera as a monophyletic lineage among Old World groups, which was supported by molecular and morphological evidence.
Selection for predation, not female fecundity, explains sexual size dimorphism in the orchid mantises
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The hypothesised role of predatory selection acting on females to generate both extreme sexual sizeDimorphism coupled with niche dimorphism is novel among arthropods.
An elusive Neotropical giant, Hondurantemna chespiritoi gen. n. & sp. n. (Antemninae, Mantidae): a new lineage of mantises exhibiting an ontogenetic change in cryptic strategy
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The observed morphological changes between immature and adult females suggests that the selection for an alternate strategy for crypsis is a response to size increase of the abdomen during development.
Taxonomic revision of Stagmatoptera Burmeister, 1838 (Mantodea: Mantidae, Stagmatopterinae).
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Detailed morphological descriptions of all species, a species-level identification key, in addition to abundant visual material to assist identification are provided, to distinguish among species of the genus.
Epaphroditidae sensu novo, an Endemic Caribbean Family of Morphologically Divergent Praying Mantises (Insecta, Mantodea)
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The morphology of the three endemic Caribbean praying mantis genera is compared with each other and representative members of traditional or current family groups and morphological analysis of external and male genital characters provides strong support for the Caribbean lineage.
A novel form of wasp mimicry in a new species of praying mantis from the Amazon rainforest, Vespamantoida wherleyi gen. nov. sp. nov. (Mantodea, Mantoididae)
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The bright red/orange coloration contrasted with black markings, the general appearance of a hymenopteran that includes a narrowed wasp waist, and the locomotory patterns and antennal movements mark this newly discovered species as unique among all hymanopteran mimicking Mantoididae as well as all other praying mantises.
Supplementary Figure S2 from A Cretaceous-aged Palaeotropical dispersal established an endemic lineage of Caribbean praying mantises
TLDR
This study focuses on three Antillean endemic praying mantis genera, Callimantis, Epaphrodita and Gonatista, to determine their phylogenetic placement and geographical origins and recovered the three genera as a monophyletic lineage among Old World groups, which was supported by molecular and morphological evidence.
Mantodea (Insecta) collection in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo: taxonomic and geographical coverage
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This work is an attempt to present to the scientific community the taxa housed in the MZSP and its geographical coverage.