Revision of the Neotropical bark mantis genus Liturgusa Saussure, 1869 (Insecta, Mantodea, Liturgusini)

  title={Revision of the Neotropical bark mantis genus Liturgusa Saussure, 1869 (Insecta, Mantodea, Liturgusini)},
  author={Gavin J. Svenson},
  pages={1 - 214}
Abstract The praying mantis genus Liturgusa Saussure, 1869 occurs only in Central and South America and represents the most diverse genus of Neotropical Liturgusini (Ehrmann 2002). The genus includes bark dwelling species, which live entirely on the trunks and branches of trees and run extremely fast. All species included within the genus Liturgusa are comprehensively revised with a distribution stretching from central Mexico, the island of Dominica to the southeastern regions of Brazil and… 

A checklist of global distribution of Liturgusidae and Thespidae (Mantodea: Dictyoptera)

The praying mantiss are a group of over 2500 predatory insects distributed in tropical and subtropical habitats of the world, from the rainforest to the desert ground, out of which the global distribution of 2 families: Liturgusidae and Thespidae is provided in this compilation.

Phasmomantella gen. nov., a spectacular new genus of praying mantis from southern Central Vietnam (Mantodea, Mantidae, Deroplatyinae, Euchomenellini)

The new genus Phasmomantella gen. nov. is created to accommodate the new species P. nuichuana, described from five adult females from Núi Chúa National Park in southern Central Vietnam and placed in the tribe Euchomenellini of the subfamily Deroplatyinae.

Listado preliminar de Mantodea, Blattodea y Orthoptera (Insecta) de la región de Piura, Perú

The first checklist of Mantodea, Blattodea and Orthoptera of Piura region in Peru is presented based on samplings of specimens and records in the bibliography. In total 32 species from 15 families

An elusive Neotropical giant, Hondurantemna chespiritoi gen. n. & sp. n. (Antemninae, Mantidae): a new lineage of mantises exhibiting an ontogenetic change in cryptic strategy

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.

A new genus and species (Cornucollis gen. n. masoalensis sp. n.) of praying mantis from northern Madagascar (Mantodea, Iridopterygidae, Tropidomantinae)

An examination of Malagasy specimens accessed within the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France, produced a praying mantis of an undescribed genus and species that belonged to the Iridopterygidae subfamily Tropidomantinae, justifying the creation of a new genus.

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)

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.

Epaphroditidae sensu novo, an Endemic Caribbean Family of Morphologically Divergent Praying Mantises (Insecta, Mantodea)

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.

Mantodea from Eastern Caribbean Islands

Summary Whereas Mantises of Trinidad and Tobago have been comprehensively studied, species occurring on more northern islands of Lesser Antilles are little known. The present work aims at updating

A Newly Established Non-Native Praying Mantis Species, Liturgusa maya (Mantodea: Liturgusidae) in Florida, USA, and a Key to Florida Mantis Genera

This study documents for the first time an established population of an introduced mantis, Liturgusa maya Saussure & Zehntner (Mantodea: Liturgusidae), in the USA, and an identification key to the genera of Florida mantises is included to help non-specialists easily differentiate L. maya from the native mantis genera that occur in Florida.

Re‐evolution of a morphological precursor of crypsis investment in the newly revised horned praying mantises (Insecta, Mantodea, Vatinae)

A distinct pattern of correlated evolution of morphological characters linked to crypsis was uncovered, and cuticular leg lobes within single leg segments are evolving as sets, and serially homologous lobes appear simultaneously or in close succession in Vatinae.



Checklist of the Neotropical mantids (Insecta,Dictyoptera, Mantodea)

The order of Mantodea is a fascinating group of predatory insects that occupy various habitats and they play a vital role in the natural control of insect pests.

Mántidos de la Orinoquia colombiana: contribución al conocimiento de su diversidad genérica y algunos aspectos bioecológicos (Insecta: Mantodea)

The Colombian Orinoquia represents a region with a high diversity of mantids, with 100% of the families reported for this country, 90%" of the subfamilies and 50% ofThe genera were determined, and Liturgusa, Mantoida and Angela presented wide distribution and frequency.

Supplementary notes on Panamanian Dermaptera and Orthoptera

The United States National Museum's material, determined by Burr as nigrina, has enabled the above correction to be made.


Two hundred and eight Panamanian specimens are treated, two new genera and four new species being de scribed, in the Dermaptera and Orthoptera of Panama.

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.

Three new species of Ciulfina Giglio-Tos (Mantodea: Liturgusidae) from north-eastern Australia

Three new species of Ciulfina: C. baldersoni, C. klassi and C. rentzi and one existing species C. biseriata (Westwood) are formally described on the basis of male genital morphology.

The chromosomes of mantids (Orthoptera: manteidae) in relation to taxonomy

Cytological evidence indicates a monophyletic origin of the compound sex chromosomes and necessitates a reconsideration of the taxonomic association of XO and X1X2Y forms in the same subfamily, specifically of Miomantis and Callimantis with the other Manteinae and Aethalocroa with Vates and Phyllovates in the Vatinae.


The Brazil nut tree, Bertholletia excelsa (Lecythidaceae), is an emergent tree species that occurs in stands called ‘castanhais’ in non-flooded, upland forests of the Amazon. The ‘castanhais’ are


A genus check list of the Mantodea (Dictyoptera) deposited in the entomological collection of the ICN of the Universidad Nacional of Colombia, Bogota campus, is presented. A total of 276 specimens of