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Superregnum: Eukaryota
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: Hymenopodidae
Subfamilia: Hymenopodinae
Genus: Pseudocreobotra -

Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii 03

Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii, nimf, a, Krantzkloof NR

Pseudocreobotra is a genus of Sub-Saharan flower mantises. They are visually similar to Creobroter species of Asia,[1] but belong to different subfamilies. Their forewings have prominent spiralled eyespots, which are flashed in a silent deimatic display, to startle would-be predators. The nymphs however, expand the raised abdomen in response to threats, to reveal a single dorsal eyespot.[2] The species are easily reared in captivity.

The species include:[3]

Pseudocreobotra amarae Rehn, 1901
Pseudocreobotra ocellata Beauvois, 1805
Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi Stål, 1871

See also

List of mantis genera and species
Flower mantis


Yager, D.D. (April 1996). "Serially homologous ears perform frequency range fractionation in the praying mantis, Creobroter (Mantodea, Hymenopodidae)". Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 178 (4): 463–475. doi:10.1007/BF00190177.
Picker, Mike; et al. (2004). Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-1-77007-061-5.
Ehrmann, Reinhard (2002). Mantodea: Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt. Natur und Tier, Münster. pp. 291–292.

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