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Published: 2018-09-11
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A new genus and species of praying mantis (Insecta, Mantodea, Mantidae) from Indochina, with a key to Mantidae of South-East Asia

Ruhr University Bochum, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, ND 1/31, D-44780 Bochum, Germany
State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe, Division of Entomology, Erbprinzenstrasse 13, Karlsruhe, D—76133, Germany.
Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory st. 1 bldg 12, 119991 Moscow, Russia.
new genus Mantodea Mantidae Vietnam Thailand


Mekongomantis quinquespinosa gen. et sp. nov., a new Mantidae genus and species is described based on specimens from two localities—Lam Vien plateau in Vietnam and the environments of Umphang, Thailand. The new genus has five posteroventral spines on the forefemur, a feature previously unknown in any Mantidae (sensu stricto) genus. The rest of external morphology is similar to Tenodera Burmeister, 1838 and Mantis Linnaeus, 1758, while the characters of the male genitalia place the species more closely to Hierodula Burmeister, 1838 and Camelomantis Giglio-Tos, 1917. The discovery of such a large (>70 mm) genus level taxon exemplifies the poorly studied diversity of Mantodea in the rapidly deteriorating Greater Mekong area. To ease identification, we also provide a key to the Mantidae of South-East Asia.



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