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Hierodula majuscula is a species of praying mantis in the genus Hierodula. It is also known as the giant rainforest mantis and the Australian giant mantis. It is found in coastal northern Australia, most usually in rainforest and adjacent habitats. This species is typically green although a less common bright yellow form does occur.
It is predominantly a predator of insects including phasmids, grasshoppers, crickets, flies and other mantids. It also feeds on other invertebrate predators such as spiders and occasionally small vertebrates like geckos, frogs, and juvenile snakes.
This is the largest species of Australian mantids. Size is 90–110 mm in total length from eye to wing. It is one of the largest mantis species in the world. The specific epithet "majuscula" means large in Latin.
- Tindale, Norman B. (1923). "Review of Australian Mantidae". Records of the South Australian Museum. 2 (3): 449; Pl. 20, Figs. 50–51.
- "Species Hierodula (Hierodula) majuscula (Tindale, 1923)". Australian Faunal Directory. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- Rainforest Mantid (Hierodula majuscula) on museumvictoria.com.au
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