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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

Familia: Mantidae
Subfamiliae: Amelinae - Angelinae - Antemninae - Choeradodinae - Chroicopterinae - Deroplatyinae - Dystactinae - Hierodulinae[1] - Mantinae - Mellierinae - Miomantinae - Nilomantinae - Orthoderinae - Oxyothespinae - Photinainae - Phyllotheliinae - Schizocephalinae - Stagmatopterinae - Stagmomantinae - Vatinae


Mantidae Burmeister, 1838

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Schwarz, C.J., Ehrmann, R. & Shcherbakov, E. 2018. A new genus and species of praying mantis (Insecta, Mantodea, Mantidae) from Indochina, with a key to Mantidae of South-East Asia. Zootaxa 4472(3): 581–593. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4472.3.10 Paywall Reference page.


Tree of Life Web Project. 2003. Mantidae. Version 01 January 2003 (temporary). in The Tree of Life Web Project,


Vernacular names
български: Богомолка
Deutsch: Fangheuschrecken
English: Praying mantis
español: Mántido
français: Mantidé
עברית: גמל שלמה
Ido: Manto
日本語: カマキリ科
한국어: 사마귀과
svenska: Bönsyrsa
українська: Богомолові
中文: 螳螂科

Mantidae is one of the largest families in the order of praying mantises, based on the type species Mantis religiosa; however, most genera 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 family Mantidae, 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,[1] while other classifications have reduced the number of subfamilies without elevating to higher rank.
Details of a mantis modified foreleg

Subfamilies and genera

Following the major revision of the Mantodea in 2019,[2] the Mantodea Species File includes ten subfamilies:[3]

The Americas, Asia

Asiadodis Roy, 2004
Choeradodis Serville, 1831
†Prochaeradodis Piton, 1940



Deromantis Giglio-Tos, 1916
Pseudostagmatoptera Beier, 1931


Africa, Asia, Australia

Archimantis Saussure, 1869
Austromantis Sjostedt, 1918
Austrovates Sjostedt, 1918
Camelomantis Giglio-Tos, 1917
Chlorocalis Stiewe, Shcherbakov & Vermeersch, 2019
Coenomantis Giglio-Tos, 1917
Corthylomantis Milledge, 1997
Dracomantis Shcherbakov & Vermeersch, 2020
Ephierodula Giglio-Tos, 1912
Gretella Werner, 1923
Hierodula Burmeister, 1838
Hierodulella Giglio-Tos, 1912
Mekongomantis Schwarz, Ehrmann & Shcherbakov, 2018
Nullabora Tindale, 1923
Pnigomantis Giglio-Tos, 1917
Pseudomantis Saussure, 1869
Rhombodera Burmeister, 1838
Rhombomantis Ehrmann & Borer, 2015
Sphodropoda Stal, 1871
Stictomantis Beier, 1942
Tamolanica Werner, 1923
Tismomorpha Roy, 1973
Titanodula Vermeersch, 2020
Trachymantis Giglio-Tos, 1917
Zopheromantis Tindale, 1924

Adult female Mantis religiosa

Mantilia Roy, 1993
Mantis Linne, 1758
Statilia Stal, 1877



Melliera Saussure, 1892
Mellierella Giglio-Tos, 1915
Rhodomantis Giglio-Tos, 1917
Scolodera Milledge, 1989
Xystropeltis Rehn, 1935


Omomantis Saussure, 1899


Orthodera Burmeister, 1838
Orthoderina Sjostedt, 1918


The Americas

Antemna Stal, 1877
Hondurantemna Rodrigues, Rivera, Reid & Svenson, 2017
Phasmomantis Saussure, 1869
Stagmomantis Saussure, 1869
Tauromantis Giglio-Tos, 1917


Africa, Europe

Alalomantis Giglio-Tos, 1917
Cataspilota Giglio-Tos, 1917
Epitenodera Giglio-Tos, 1911
Paramantis Ragge & Roy, 1967
Mantasoa Mériguet, 2005
Mesopteryx Saussure, 1870
Nausicaamantis Meriguet, 2018
Notomantis Tindale, 1923
Plistospilota Giglio-Tos, 1911
Polyspilota Burmeister, 1838
Prohierodula Bolivar, 1908
Rhomboderella Giglio-Tos, 1912
Sphodromantis Stal, 1871
Tarachomantis Brancsik, 1892
Tenodera Burmeister, 1838
Tenospilota Roy & Ehrmann, 2014
Tisma Giglio-Tos, 1917

Stagmatoptera supplicaria

South America

Alangularis Svenson, Medellin & Sarmiento, 2015
Callivates Roy, 2003
Catoxyopsis Giglio-Tos, 1914
Chopardiella Giglio-Tos, 1914
Heterovates Saussure, 1872
Lobocneme Rehn, 1911
Oxyopsis Caudell, 1904
Parastagmatoptera Saussure, 1871
Pseudovates Saussure, 1869
Pseudoxyops Saussure & Zehntner, 1894
Stagmatoptera Burmeister, 1838
Vates Burmeister, 1838
Zoolea Serville, 1839

See also

List of mantis genera and species
Flower mantis


Ehrmann, R. 2002. "Mantodea: Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt". Natur und Tier, Münster
Schwarz CJ, Roy R (2019) The systematics of Mantodea revisited: an updated classification incorporating multiple data sources (Insecta: Dictyoptera) Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.) International Journal of Entomology 55 (2): 101-196.
Mantodea Species File: family Mantidae (Version 5.0/5.0, retrieved 11 July 2020)

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