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Species Gonatista grisea - Grizzled Mantid

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Liturgusidae
Genus Gonatista
Species grisea (Grizzled Mantid)
Other Common Names
Lichen Mimic Mantid, Florida Bark Mantid
Explanation of Names
Gonatista grisea (Fabricius 1793)
36‒40 mm
Mottled in various shades of gray, green and brown. Overall body shape is broad and flattened. Pronotum not narrowed ahead of foreleg attachments. Female has short wings, abdomen lobed on sides. In male, wings cover abdomen at rest.(1)
SC‒FL; Puerto Rico, Cuba(2); one TX record (upper coast; BG data)
Usually on tree trunks, sometimes on wooden fences/railings
Adults year-round in FL, overwinter in northern part of range
See Also
Liturgusa maya (Broward Co., FL)(3) - smaller, with longer antennae and pronotum tapered anterad
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.MANTODEA Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt
Reinhard Ehrmann. 2002. Natur und Tier-Verlag.
3.Praying Mantises of the United States and Canada
Kris Anderson. 2018. Independently published.