List of mantis genera and species

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The following list of mantis genera and species is incomplete. It is based on the "Tree of Life Project",[1] which is the primary (but not the only) reference for the taxonomy shown here. It will differ from those derived from taxonomic categorizations made before 2003.

The insect Order Mantodea consists of over 2,400 species in about 430 genera,[2][3] of which a majority are in the family Mantidae. Formerly, only the family Mantidae was recognized within the order.

Note that in some cases, common names in the English language are loosely applied to several different members of a particular genus, or even for species in various genera. For example, "giant Asian mantis" is used for various members of Hierodula, "dead leaf mantis" may refer not only to various species of Deroplatys, but to all brown mantises that use leaf mimicry for camouflage. "flower mantis" refers to numerous mantises, especially those belonging to or similar to those of genus Creobroter, and so on.

---For citation of common nomenclature and additional references, see individual articles.


Genus Acanthops[edit]

Some members of this genus are known as dead leaf mantises or boxer mantises.

Adult female Acanthops falcataria

Genus Acontista[edit]

Genus Acromantis[edit]

Some species within this genus are known as boxer mantises or flower mantises.


Genus Aethalochroa[edit]

Indian Stick Mantis

Members of this genus are commonly called stick mantises.

Genus Alalomantis[edit]

Genus Amantis[edit]

Amantis species are native to Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Genus Ameles[edit]

Ameles spallanzania, the European dwarf mantis

Ameles is a wide-ranging genus found in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Genus Amorphoscelis[edit]

Amorphoscelis species are concentrated in Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Genus Amphecostephanus[edit]

Genus Anaxarcha[edit]

Genus Angela[edit]

Genus Anoplosigerpes[edit]

Genus Antistia[edit]

Genus Anasigerpes[edit]

Genus Apterameles[edit]

Genus Apteromantis[edit]

Genus Archimantis[edit]

Archimantis species are common in Australia. Some are called stick mantises.

Genus Ariusia[edit]

Genus Asiadodis[edit]

Members of this genus are common known as shield mantises.

Genus Astape[edit]

Genus Astollia[edit]

Genus Attalia[edit]

Genus Bactromantis[edit]

Genus Bantia[edit]

Genus Bantiella[edit]

Genus Blepharodes[edit]

Genus Blepharopsis[edit]

Genus Bolbe[edit]

Genus Bolbena[edit]

Genus Bolbula[edit]

Genus Bolivaroscelis[edit]

Genus Brunneria[edit]

Brunneria, species of which are known as stick mantises, are found in North America, Central America, and South America.

Genus Brancsikia[edit]

Genus Calamothespis[edit]

Genus Callimantis[edit]

Genus Callibia[edit]

Genus Carrikerella[edit]

Genus Catasigerpes[edit]

Genus Caudatoscelis[edit]

Genus Ceratocrania[edit]

Genus Ceratomantis[edit]

Genus Chaeteessa[edit]

Genus Chlidonoptera[edit]

Genus Chloroharpax[edit]

Genus Choeradodis[edit]

Members of this genus are commonly known as shield mantises, hooded mantises, or leaf mantises.

Genus Chrysomantis[edit]

Genus Cilnia[edit]

Genus Citharomantis[edit]

Genus Ciulfina[edit]

Genus Cliomantis[edit]

Genus Compsomantis[edit]

Genus Compsothespis[edit]

Genus Congoharpax[edit]

Genus Creobroter[edit]

With their wings adorned with patterns even when at rest, Creobroter, a genus concentrated in Western Asia, is one of the best-known genera to which the common name "flower mantis" is applied.

Genus Danuria[edit]

Also known as giant grass mantises, these are characterised by long slender bodies and sloping, pointed eyes.

Genus Dactylopteryx[edit]

Genus Decimiana[edit]

Genus Deroplatys[edit]

Deroplatys, the best-known of the so-called dead leaf mantises, are native to Asia.


Genus Diabantia[edit]

Genus Dilatempusa[edit]

Genus Dysaules[edit]

Genus Empusa[edit]

Genus Epaphrodita[edit]

Genus Ephestiasula[edit]

Genus Ephippiomantis[edit]

Genus Episcopomantis[edit]

Genus Epsomantis[edit]

Genus Eremiaphila[edit]

Genus Euantissa[edit]

Genus Euchomenella[edit]

Members of this genus are known as long neck mantises or twig mantises.

Genus Euthyphleps[edit]

Genus Exparoxypilus[edit]

Genus Galinthias[edit]

Genus Gigliotoscelis[edit]

Genus Gimantis[edit]

Genus Gonatista[edit]

Genus Gongylus[edit]

Genus Gonypetyllis[edit]

Genus Gyromantis[edit]

The two members of this genus are commonly known as bark mantises.

Genus Haania[edit]

Genus Hagiomantis[edit]

Genus Hapalogymnes[edit]

Genus Hapalomantis[edit]

Genus Heliomantis[edit]

Genus Helvia[edit]

Genus Hemiempusa[edit]

Genus Hestiasula[edit]

Genus Heteronutarsus[edit]

Genus Hierodula[edit]

The giant Asian mantis genus Hierodula contains numerous large species and has a range that stretches from India to Hawaii.

Genus Holaptilon[edit]

Genus Hoplocoryphella[edit]

Genus Hoplocorypha[edit]

Members of this genus are known collectively as African stick mantises.

Genus Hymenopus[edit]

Hymenopus species are commonly called orchid mantises.

Genus Hypsicorypha[edit]

Genus Idolomantis[edit]

Genus Idolomorpha[edit]

Genus Ilomantis[edit]

Genus Iris[edit]

Genus Junodia[edit]

Genus Kongobatha[edit]

Genus Lagrecacanthops[edit]

Genus Litaneutria[edit]

Litaneutria, a genus of ground mantises, is native to North America.

Genus Liturgusa[edit]

Genus Maculatoscelis[edit]

Genus Macromantis[edit]

Genus Majanga[edit]

Genus Majangella[edit]

Genus Mantillica[edit]

Genus Mantis[edit]

Genus Mantoida[edit]

This genus is concentrated in Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Genus Mesopteryx[edit]


Genus Metacromantis[edit]

Genus Metagalepsus[edit]

Genus Metallyticus[edit]

Genus Metilia[edit]

Genus Metoxypilus[edit]

Genus Mimomantis[edit]

Genus Miomantis[edit]

Genus Miracanthops[edit]

Genus Myrmecomantis[edit]

The single species in this genus is an ant mantis.

Genus Nanomantis[edit]

Genus Negromantis[edit]

Genus Nemotha[edit]

Genus Neomantis[edit]

Genus Nesogalepsus[edit]

Genus Nesoxypilus[edit]

Genus Nilomantis[edit]

Genus Odontomantis[edit]

Some members of this genus practice ant mimicry when young and are known as ant mantises. The name grass mantis has also been applied to some species.

Genus Oligomantis[edit]

Genus Oligonicella[edit]

Genus Oligonyx[edit]

Genus Orthodera[edit]

Genus Otomantis[edit]

Some species within this genus are known as boxer mantises.

Genus Oxyelaea[edit]

Genus Oxyophthalma[edit]

Genus Oxyophthalmellus[edit]

Genus Oxyopsis[edit]

Genus Oxyothespis[edit]

Members of this genus have been called grass mantises.

Genus Oxypiloidea[edit]

Genus Oxypilus[edit]

Boxer mantises are within this genus.

Genus Pachymantis[edit]

Genus Panurgica[edit]

Genus Papubolbe[edit]

Genus Papugalepsus[edit]

Genus Parablepharis[edit]

Genus Paramantis[edit]

Genus Paramorphoscelis[edit]

Genus Parasphendale[edit]

Genus Parahestiasula[edit]

Genus Parastagmatoptera[edit]

Genus Paratoxodera[edit]

Paratoxodera is a genus of stick mantises.

Genus Paroxyophthalmus[edit]

Genus Paramorphoscelis[edit]

Genus Paratithrone[edit]

Genus Paraoxypilus[edit]

Genus Pareuthyphlebs[edit]

Genus Parymenopus[edit]

Genus Perlamantis[edit]

Genus Pezomantis[edit]

Genus Phasmomantis[edit]


Genus Phthersigena[edit]

Genus Phyllocrania[edit]

Genus Phyllovates[edit]

Species of unicorn mantis are within this genus.

Genus Pnigomantis[edit]

This genus has a species of shield mantis.

Genus Pogonogaster[edit]

Genus Polyspilota[edit]

Polyspilota aeruginosa, the Madagascan marbled mantis

Genus Popa[edit]

This genus has one species of twig mantis popular in captivity.

Genus Pseudacanthops[edit]

Genus Pseudempusa[edit]

Genus Pseudocreobotra[edit]

This genus contains several species of flower mantises.

Genus Pseudoharpax[edit]

Genus Pseudomantis[edit]

Genus Pseudomusonia[edit]

Genus Pseudopogonogaster[edit]

Genus Pseudovates[edit]

Some species within this genus are known as unicorn mantises or stick mantises.

Genus Pseudoyersinia[edit]

This genus is named for its similarity to genus Yersiniops.

Genus Psychomantis[edit]

Genus Pyrgomantis[edit]

Genus Raptrix[edit]

Genus Rhomantis[edit]

Genus Rhombodera[edit]

Rhombodera is a large genus of shield mantises.

Genus Rivetina[edit]

Rivetina is a genus containing species of ground mantis.

Genus Sceptuchus[edit]

Genus Sphodromantis[edit]

Sphodromantis is a large genus of mantises concentrated in Africa. Outside their range, many share the name African mantis.

Genus Sphodropoda[edit]

Genus Stagmatoptera[edit]

Genus Stagmomantis[edit]

The range of Stagmomantis includes North America, Central America, and South America.


Genus Statilia[edit]

Statilia nemoralis (Saussure, 1870), male, dorsal view; det. R. Ehrmann, 2002; leg.: Malaysia, Sabah, North Borneo, District Ranau, Poring Hot Spring Lodge, May, 2002, Leg. T. Kothe

Genus Stenophylla[edit]

Genus Sibylla[edit]

The genus Sibylla contains two genera and 13 species.


Genus Tamolanica[edit]

This is another genus with species sometimes called shield mantises.

Genus Taumantis[edit]

Genus Tarachina[edit]

Genus Tarachodes[edit]

Members of this genus may be called bark mantises or ground mantises.

Genus Tenodera[edit]

Adult female Tenodera sinensis

There are Tenodera in Asia, Africa, Australia and North America.

Genus Theopompa[edit]

These species are sometimes known as the Asian bark mantises.

Genus Theopropus[edit]

Boxer mantis and flower mantis are among the common names used for members of this genus.

Genus Thesprotia[edit]

This genus is sometimes called American grass mantises.

Genus Thesprotiella[edit]

Genus Thrinaconyx[edit]

Genus Tithrone[edit]

Genus Tropidomantis[edit]

Genus Toxodera[edit]

Genus Toxoderopsis[edit]

Genus Toxomantis[edit]

Genus Vates[edit]

Genus Yersiniops[edit]

Members of this genus are common called ground mantises. Genus Pseudoyersinia is similar.

Genus Zoolea[edit]

Some members of this genus go by the common name unicorn mantis.


According to most recent taxonomy, all genera of mantis now belong to one of the following families:

See also[edit]