The defensive behaviour of Ghanaian praying mantids with a discussion of territoriality

@article{Edmunds1976TheDB,
  title={The defensive behaviour of Ghanaian praying mantids with a discussion of territoriality},
  author={Malcolm Edmunds},
  journal={Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society},
  year={1976},
  volume={58},
  pages={1-37}
}
  • M. Edmunds
  • Published 1976
  • Biology
  • Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
The defensive behaviour of 18 species of mantids is described and further details are given of the defences of 12 species whose behaviour was described in an earlier paper. As a result the defences of 37 genera of Ghanaian mantids are now known. Most species of Mantinae have a general resemblance to their background and in Sphodromantis lineola and Miomantis paykullii there is a correlation between colour of background and colour of insect. Most other species of mantid have a highly specific… 
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