Known prey organisms
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:542
Specimens with Barcodes:515
Species With Barcodes:121
Mantidae is the largest family of the order Mantodea, commonly known as praying mantises; most are tropical or subtropical. Historically, this was the only family in the order, and many references still use the term "mantid" to refer to any mantis. Technically, however, "mantid" refers only to members of the Mantidae family, and not the 14 remaining families of mantises. Some of the most recent classifications have promoted a number of the mantid subfamilies to the rank of family, e.g. Iridopterygidae, Sibyllidae, Tarachodidae, Thespidae, and Toxoderidae, while other classifications have reduced the number of subfamilies without elevating to higher rank.
Many species are found in North America, the three most common being the European Mantis (Mantis religiosa), the Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis), and the Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina). Of these, only the last is native to the continent - the European and Chinese species were introduced in the 20th century as predators in an attempt to control pest populations in gardens.
Subfamilies and tribes
Adult female Tenodera sinensis
Adult female Ameles decolor
Two adult female Mantis religiosa
Adult female Deroplatys lobata
Adult male Deroplatys lobata
An adult female Tenodera aridifolia angustipennis
Underside of an adult female Tenodera sinensis
Adult female Tenodera sinensis on an arm
Molting sub-adult Tenodera sinensis
Adult male Tenodera sinensis
Adult female Tenodera australasiae
Adult female Iris oratoria
Adult male Iris oratoria
A mantis ootheca
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