Popa spurca

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Popa spurca
Popa spurca crassa Adult.jpg
Popa spurca eating a mealworm; the AAA battery is shown for size comparison
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Popa
Species: P. spurca
Binomial name
Popa spurca
Stål, 1856

Popa spurca, also known as the African twig mantis,[1] is a species of mantis native to Africa. It takes its common name from its resemblance to twig from a woody plant and grows up to 8 centimetres (3.1 in) long if female or 7 cm (2.8 in) long if male.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Phasmids in Cyberspace
  2. ^ [2] African twig mantis (Popa spurca)
  3. ^ [3] Popa spurca - Tree of Life