Acanthops falcata

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Acanthops falcata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Acanthopidae
Subfamily: Acanthopinae
Tribe: Acanthopini
Genus: Acanthops
Species: A. falcata
Binomial name
Acanthops falcata
Stal, 1877
  • Acanthops angulifera (Westwood, 1889)
  • Acanthops griffinii (Giglio-Tos, 1915)

Acanthops falcata, common name South American Dead Leaf Mantis or Boxer Mantis, is a species of praying mantis in the subfamily Acanthopinae of the family Acanthopidae and is one of many praying mantises from various genera that resembles a dead leaf.[1][2][3][4]


As their name describes, they resemble shriveled or dead leaves; for a mantid, though, it has an unusual degree of sexual dimorphism. The flightless female resembles a curled dead leaf and weighs 400–500 mg. The male, which flies well, resembles a flat dead leaf, and weighs under 200 mg.

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  1. ^ [1] Tree of Life Web Project. 2005
  2. ^ [2] Texas A&M University
  3. ^ [3] Bugs in Cyberspace
  4. ^ Catalogue of Life: 2009 Annual Checklist