Nineteen new species of praying mantis discovered

Our cataloging of diversity continues unabated.

New praying mantis species discovered | Environment | theguardian.com.

Nineteen new species of a tree-living praying mantis family have been discovered, tripling the group’s diversity at a stroke.

The bark mantises (Liturgusa Saussure) from Central and South America were found in tropical forests and among specimens kept in museums.

Many of the newly described species are known only from a few specimens collected before 1950 from locations now heavily impacted by agriculture or urban development.

The prediction is that there are quite a few more in similar habitates around the world. I LOVE mantises, can sit and watch them for hours. And they will sit and watch you too. We have many species left to discover. Most will be tiny things and insects, many will be found in museum drawers, many will be diagnosed in the lab by DNA but it does not make it less fascinating. Our definition of species is whatever you want it to be, sort of. But the diversity of life is real.

Reminder: This has nothing to do with cryptozoology.

You can download the whole paper at ZooKeys.

A praying mantis in the genus Liturgusa Saussure Photograph: /Gavin J. Svenson/Zookeys

A praying mantis in the genus Liturgusa Saussure Photograph: /Gavin J. Svenson/Zookeys

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  1. busterggi
    March 26, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    There are no atheists in mantis-holes.

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