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Genus Oligonicella

Unknown mantid - Oligonicella scudderi - male unidentified mantis - stagmo? front view - Oligonicella scudderi - male Mantid   TX mini-gathering - Oligonicella scudderi - male Oligonicella scudderi - male What Species? - Oligonicella scudderi - male Mantis - Oligonicella scudderi - male Unidentified Mantis - Oligonicella scudderi - male  Stagmomantis carolina - young male ? - Oligonicella scudderi - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Thespidae
Genus Oligonicella
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oligonicella Giglio-Tos, 1915. Type Species: Oligonicella scudderi Saussure
Explanation of Names
Nearctica.com lists three species for the U.S.: bolliana Saussure and Zehntner 1894, mexicanus Saussure and Zehntner 1894, and scudderi Saussure 1870 (all originally described under genus Oligonyx). About four additional species are found south of the U.S.

The species mexicana is treated here under the genus Bistanta (formerly Bactromantis), following the Orthoptera Species File.

The species name O. bolliana is treated as a synonym of O. scudderi, following most previous authors and not OSF.
Identification
Slender; small conical projections or "bumps" on top of eyes (not always easily seen, depending on perspective); front tibiae very short; pronotum with portions in front of and behind attachment of legs about equal in length (proportions may be distorted in photos, also due to perspective).

Bactromantis & Thesprotia are most similar, differing in more slender form, and rear portion of pronotum much longer than front portion (about twice to as much as four times longer).
Range
Americas. In U.S. east of Great Plains, south from about Nebraska, Ohio River, and Maryland, and through Texas south into Mexico.