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Choeradodis stalii MHNT ventre.jpg
Choeradodis stalii - MHNT
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Choeradodis
Serville, 1831

several; see text

Choeradodis is a genus of praying mantises with common names such as shield mantis, hood mantis (or hooded mantis), and leaf mantis (or leafy mantis) because of their extended, leaf-like thoraxes.[1][2][3][4]


The distinguishing characteristic of Choreododis from which it takes its common names is a laterally expanded thorax. This adaptation for the purpose of camouflage, as well as a rounded wing case and a habit of staying relatively flattened, aid its leaf mimicry.[5]


Choeradodis is widely distributed. In the Americas, members of this genus are found in the neotropic ecozones from South America to Mexico. In Asia, members of this genus dwell in the same climate zone of India.[1][6]


Species of Choeradodis include:

See also[edit]

Choeradodis sp. photographed in Costa Rica
Choeradodis rhombicollis photographed in Costa Rica


  1. ^ a b [1] Wood-Mason, J. 1880. Synopsis of the species of Choeradodis, a remarkable genus of Mantodea common to Indian and Tropical America. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 47(1):82-84.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-07-27.  Choeradodis rhombicollis
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2010-06-09.  Texas A&M University
  4. ^ [2] Choeradodis rhomboidea Taxon Profile
  5. ^ [3] Choeradodis Care Sheet
  6. ^ [4] Terra, P. S. 1995. Systematics of the Neotropical genera of praying mantis (Mantodea). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 39(1):13-94.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2008-07-27.  Choeradodis stalii (Peruvian shield mantis)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  9. ^ [5] God of Insects
  10. ^ [6] Leaf Mantis - Mantis strumaria