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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Supercohort: Polyneoptera
Cohort: Dictyoptera
Ordo: Mantodea
Subordo: Eumantodea
Infraordo: Schizomantodea
Parvordo: Artimantodea
Nanordo: Cernomantodea

Familia: Hymenopodidae
Subfamilia: Hymenopodinae
Tribus: Hymenopodini
Subtribus: Pseudocreobotrina
Genus: Chloroharpax

Chloroharpax is a genus of praying mantis in the family Hymenopodidae. The genus is monotypic, being represented by a single species, Chloroharpax modesta, commonly called the Nigerian flower mantis, and is found across West Africa.


Both males and females are about 3-4 centimeters in length when adult while 1st instar nymphs are about 4-5 millimeters in length.[1] The adults are bright green with rounded blue eyes; adult females have a pair yellow ocellated eyespots on their wings.[2] The species is able to hunt prey larger than itself, attacking and chasing its prey.[2]

Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Cameroon.[3][4]

Chloroharpax modesta are kept in captivity. This species of mantis are cannibalistic.
See also

List of mantis genera and species


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"Deadly Mantis". Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
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