List of mantis genera and species

From Wikipedia

The following list of mantis genera and species is based on the "Mantodea Species File", which is the primary reference for the taxonomy shown here. [1]

The insect Order Mantodea consists of over 2,400 species in about 430 genera, [2] [3] of which a majority are in the family Mantidae. Formerly, only the family Mantidae was recognized within the order.

Note that in some cases, common names in the English language are loosely applied to several different members of a particular genus, or even for species in various genera. For example, " giant Asian mantis" is used for various members of Hierodula, " dead leaf mantis" may refer not only to various species of Deroplatys, but to all brown mantises that use leaf mimicry for camouflage. " flower mantis" refers to numerous mantises, especially those belonging to or similar to those of genus Creobroter, and so on.

---For citation of common nomenclature and additional references, see individual articles.

Genus Acanthops

Some members of this genus are known as dead leaf mantises or boxer mantises.

Adult female Acanthops falcataria

Genus Achlaena

Genus Achlaenella

Genus Acithespis

Genus Acontista

Genus Acromantis

Some species within this genus are known as boxer mantises or flower mantises.

Genus Aethalochroa

Indian Stick Mantis

Members of this genus are commonly called stick mantises.

Genus Afrothespis

Genus Agrionopsis

Genus Alalomantis

Genus Amantis

Genus † Ambermantis

Genus Ambivia

Genus Ameles

Ameles spallanzania, the European dwarf mantis

Genus Amorphoscelis

Amorphoscelis species are concentrated in Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Genus † Amorphoscelites

Genus Amphecostephanus

Genus Anamiopteryx

Genus Anaxarcha

Genus Angela

Genus Anoplosigerpes

Genus Antemna

Genus Antistia

Genus Anasigerpes

Genus Apterameles

Genus Apterocorypha

Genus Apteromantis

Genus † Aragonimantis

Genus Archimantis

Archimantis species are common in Australia. Some are called stick mantises.

Genus Ariusia

Genus Armene

Genus Armeniola

Genus Arria

Genus Asiadodis

Members of this genus are common known as shield mantises.

Genus Astape

Genus Astollia

Genus Astyliasula

Genus Attalia

Genus Austromantis

Genus Austrovates

Genus † Baissomantis

Genus Bantia

Genus Bantiella

Genus Belomantis

Genus Betamantis

Genus Bimantis

Genus Bistanta

Genus Bisanthe

Genus Blepharodes

Genus Blepharopsis

Genus Bolbe

Genus Bolbella

Genus Bolbena

Genus Bolbula

Genus Bolivaria

Genus Bolivaroscelis

Genus Brunneria

Brunneria, species of which are known as stick mantises, are found in North America, Central America, and South America.

Genus Brancsikia

Genus † Burmantis

Genus Calamothespis

Genus Caliris

Genus Callimantis

Genus Callibia

Genus Camelomantis

Genus Cardioptera

Genus Carrikerella

Genus Carvilia

Genus Catasigerpes

Genus Catestiasula

Genus Caudatoscelis

Genus Ceratocrania

Genus Ceratomantis

Genus Chaeteessa

Genus Charieis

Genus Chlidonoptera

Genus Chlorocalis

Genus Chloroharpax

Genus Chloromiopteryx

Genus Choeradodis

Members of this genus are commonly known as shield mantises, hooded mantises, or leaf mantises.

Genus Chopardempusa

Genus Chopardentella

Genus Chroicoptera

Genus Chromatophotina

Genus Chrysomantis

Genus Cilnia

Genus Citharomantis

Genus Ciulfina

Genus Cliomantis

Genus Coenomantis

Genus Compsomantis

Genus Compsothespis

Genus Congoharpax

Genus Congomantis

Genus Coptopteryx

Genus Corthylomantis

Genus Corticomantis

Genus Cotigaonopsis

Genus Creobroter

With their wings adorned with patterns even when at rest, Creobroter, a genus concentrated in Western Asia, is one of the best-known genera to which the common name " flower mantis" is applied.

Genus Dactylopteryx

Genus Danuria

Also known as giant grass mantises, these are characterised by long slender bodies and sloping, pointed eyes.

Genus Danuriella

Genus Decimiana

Genus Deiphobe

Genus Deiphobella

Genus Deromantis

Genus Deroplatys

Deroplatys, the best-known of the so-called dead leaf mantises, are native to Asia.

Genus Diabantia

Genus Didymocorypha

Genus Dilatempusa

Genus Dimantis

Genus Dracomantis

Genus Dysaules

Genus Dysaulophthalma

Genus Dystacta

Genus Dystactula

Genus Elaea

Genus Elmantis

Genus Empusa

Genus Entella

Genus Entelloptera

Genus Epaphrodita

Genus Ephestiasula

Genus Ephierodula

Genus Ephippiomantis

Genus Episcopomantis

Genus Epitenodera

Genus Epsomantis

Genus Eremiaphila

Genus Eremoplana

Genus Euchomena

Genus Euchomenella

Members of this genus are known as long neck mantises or twig mantises.

Genus Eumiopteryx

Genus Eumusonia

Genus Euthyphleps

Genus Exparoxypilus

Genus Fuga

Genus Galapagia

Genus Galepsus

Genus Galinthias

Genus Geomantis

Genus Geothespis

Genus Gigliotoscelis

Genus Gildella

Genus Gimantis

Genus Gonatista

Genus Gonatistella

Genus Gongylus

Genus Gonypeta

Genus Gonypetella

Genus Gonypetoides

Genus Gonypetyllis

Genus Gretella

Genus Gyromantis

The two members of this genus are commonly known as bark mantises.

Genus Haania

Genus Hagiomantis

Genus Hapalogymnes

Genus Hapalomantis

Genus Hapalopeza

Genus Hapalopezella

Genus Harpagomantis

Genus Heliomantis

Genus Helvia

Genus Hemiempusa

Genus Hestiasula

Genus Heterochaeta

Genus Heterochaetula

Genus Heteronutarsus

Genus Hicetia

Genus Hierodula

The giant Asian mantis genus Hierodula contains numerous large species and has a range that stretches from India to Hawaii.

Genus Hierodulella

Genus Holaptilon

Genus Hondurantemna

Genus Hoplocoryphella

Genus Hoplocorypha

Members of this genus are known collectively as African stick mantises.

Genus Hoplocoryphella

Genus Humbertiella

Genus Hymenopus

Hymenopus species are commonly called orchid mantises.

Genus Hypsicorypha

Genus Idolomantis

Genus Idolomorpha

Genus Ilomantis

Genus Indothespis

Genus Indomenella

Genus Iridopteryx

Genus Iris

Genus Ischnomantis

Genus † Jersimantis

Genus Junodia

Genus Kongobatha

Genus Lagrecacanthops

Genus Leptocola

Genus Leptomiopteryx

Genus Leptosibylla

Genus Ligaria

Genus Ligariella

Genus Ligentella

Genus Liguanea

Genus Litaneutria

Genus † Lithophotina

Genus Liturgusa

The Lichen Mantis (Liturgusa maya) as it is blending in to its surroundings.

Genus Liturgusella

Genus Lobothespis

Genus Macracanthopus

Genus Macrodanuria

Genus Macromusonia

Genus Macropopa

Genus Maculatoscelis

Genus Macromantis

Genus Majanga

Genus Majangella

Genus Mantellias

Genus Mantilia

Genus Mantillica

Genus Mantis

Genus Mantoida

This genus is concentrated in Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Genus Mekongomantis

Genus Melliera

Genus Mellierella

Genus Memantis

Genus Mesopteryx


Genus Metacromantis

Genus Metagalepsus

Genus Metallyticus

Genus Metatoxodera

Genus Metilia

Genus Metoxypilus

Genus Metriomantis

Genus Micromantis

Genus Microphotina

Genus Microthespis

Genus Mimomantis

Genus Miobantia

Genus Miomantis

Genus Miracanthops

Genus Muscimantis

Genus Musonia

Genus Musoniella

Genus Musoniola

Genus Myrcinus

Genus Myrmecomantis

The single species in this genus is an ant mantis.

Genus Mythomantis

Genus Namamantis

Genus Nanomantis

Genus Negromantis

Genus Nemotha

Genus Neodanuria

Genus Neomantis

Genus Nesogalepsus

Genus Nesoxypilus

Genus Nilomantis

Genus Nothogalepsus

Genus Nullabora

Genus Odontomantis

Some members of this genus practice ant mimicry when young and are known as ant mantises. The name grass mantis has also been applied to some species.

Genus Oestomantis

Genus Oligomantis

Genus Oligonicella

Genus Oligonyx

Genus Omomantis

Genus Orthodera

Genus Orthoderella

Genus Orthoderina

Genus Otomantis

Some species within this genus are known as boxer mantises.

Genus Ovalimantis

Genus Oxyelaea

Genus Oxyophthalma

Genus Oxyophthalmellus

Genus Oxyopsis

Genus Oxyothespis

Members of this genus have been called grass mantises.

Genus Oxypiloidea

Genus Oxypilus

Genus Pachymantis

Genus Panurgica

Genus Papubolbe

Genus Papugalepsus

Genus Parablepharis

Genus Paradiabantia

Genus Paragalepsus

Genus Paraligaria

Genus Paralygdamia

Genus Paramantis

Genus Paramorphoscelis

Genus Paramusonia

Genus Parapsychomantis

Genus Paraseverinia

Genus Parasphendale

Genus Parahestiasula

Genus Parastagmatoptera

Genus Paratoxodera

Paratoxodera is a genus of stick mantises.

Genus Paroxyophthalmus

Genus Paramorphoscelis

Genus Paraphotina

Genus Pararivetina

Genus Paratheopompa

Genus Parathespis

Genus Paratithrone

Genus Paraoxypilus

Genus Parentella

Genus Pareuthyphlebs

Genus Parymenopus

Genus Perlamantis

Genus Pezomantis

Genus Phasmomantella

Genus Phasmomantis

Genus Photina

Genus Photinella

Genus Photiomantis

Genus Phthersigena

Genus Phyllocrania

Genus Phyllothelys

Genus Phyllovates

Species of unicorn mantis are within this genus.

Genus Plastogalepsus

Genus Plesiacanthops

Genus Piscomantis

Genus Pizaia

Genus Pnigomantis

This genus has a species of shield mantis.

Genus Pogonogaster

Genus Polyspilota

Polyspilota aeruginosa, the Madagascan marbled mantis

Genus Popa

Genus Presibylla

Genus † Prochaeradodis

Genus Promiopteryx

Genus Protoxodera

Genus Pseudacanthops

Pseudacanthops huaoranianus

Genus Pseudempusa

Genus Pseudocreobotra

This genus contains several species of flower mantises.

Genus Pseudodystacta

Genus Pseudogalepsus

Genus Pseudoharpax

Genus Pseudohestiasula

Genus Pseudomantis

Genus Pseudomiopteryx

Genus Pseudomusonia

Genus Pseudopogonogaster

Genus Pseudostagmatoptera

Genus Pseudovates

Some species within this genus are known as unicorn mantises or stick mantises.

Genus Pseudoxypilus

Genus Pseudoyersinia

Genus Psychomantis

Genus Pyrgomantis

Genus Raptrix

Genus Rhachimantis

Genus Rhodomantis

Genus Rhomantis

Genus Rhombodera

Rhombodera is a large genus of shield mantises. [11]

Genus Rhomboderella

Genus Rhombomantis

Genus Rivetina

Rivetina is a genus containing species of ground mantis.

Genus Rivetinula

Genus Sceptuchus

Genus Schizocephala

Genus Scolodera

Genus Severinia

Genus Sibylla

Genus Sinaiella

Genus Sinomiopteryx

Genus Somalithespis

Genus Sphaeromantis

Genus Sphodromantis

Sphodromantis is a large genus of mantises concentrated in Africa. Outside their range, many share the name African mantis.

Genus Sphodropoda

Genus Spilomantis

Genus Stagmatoptera

Genus Stagmomantis

The range of Stagmomantis species includes North America, Central America, and South America.

Genus Statilia

Statilia nemoralis (Saussure, 1870), male, dorsal view; det. R. Ehrmann, 2002; leg.: Malaysia, Sabah, North Borneo, District Ranau, Poring Hot Spring Lodge, May, 2002, Leg. T. Kothe

Genus Stenophylla

Genus Stenopyga

Genus Stenotoxodera

Genus Stictomantis

Genus Tagalomantis

Genus Tamolanica

This is another genus with species sometimes called shield mantises.

Genus Taumantis

Genus Tauromantis

Genus Tarachina

Genus Tarachodella

Genus Tarachodes

Members of this genus may be called bark mantises or ground mantises.

Genus Tarachodula

Genus Teddia

Genus Telomantis

Genus Tenodera

Adult female Tenodera sinensis

There are Tenodera in Asia, Africa, Australia and North America.

Genus Theopompa

These species are sometimes known as the Asian bark mantises.

Genus Theopompella

Genus Theopropus

Boxer mantis and flower mantis are among the common names used for members of this genus.

Genus Thespis

Genus Thesprotia

This genus is sometimes called American grass mantises.

Genus Thesprotiella

Genus Thrinaconyx

Genus Tismomorpha

Genus Titanodula

Genus Tithrone

Genus Toxodanuria

Genus Toxodera

Genus Toxoderella

Genus Toxoderopsis

Genus Toxomantis

Genus Trachymantis

Genus Tricondylomimus

Genus Tropidomantis

Genus Tuberculepsus

Genus Vates

Genus Velox

Genus Werneriana

Genus Xystropeltis

Genus Yersinia

Genus Yersiniops

Members of this genus are commonly called ground mantises. Genus Pseudoyersinia is similar.

Genus Zoolea

Some members of this genus go by the common name unicorn mantis.

Genus Zopheromantis

Genus Zouza


According to most recent taxonomy, all genera of mantis now belong to one of the following families: [12]

See also


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  2. ^ "Mantodea". Archived from the original on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Mantid". encyclopedia article. 2008 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  4. ^ "genus Callimantis Stal, 1877: Mantodea Species File". Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ genus Dilatempusa Roy, 2004 Archived 2016-06-30 at the Wayback Machine Retrieval date: May 26th 2016
  6. ^ Australian Faunal Directory Archived 2008-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "genus Mesopteryx Saussure, 1870: Mantodea Species File". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Data for specimen record". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ "genus Metilia Stal, 1877: Mantodea Species File". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ "species Metilia brunnerii Saussure, 1871: Mantodea Species File". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ Otte, Daniel; Spearman, Lauren; Stiewe, Martin B. D. (2019). "genus Rhombodera Burmeister, 1838". Mantodea species file online, Version 5.0. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  12. ^ "order Mantodea: Mantodea Species File". Retrieved 2020-11-03.