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Genus Litaneutria - Ground Mantids

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Mantidae
Subfamily Amelinae
Genus Litaneutria (Ground Mantids)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Litaneutria minor (Scudder, 1872)
= Litaneutria borealis (Bruner, 1893)

Litaneutria ocularis Saussure, 1892
= Litaneutria longipennis Beier, 1929
= Litaneutria obscura Scudder, 1896
= Tithrone corseuli Jantsch, 1986
= Tithrone clauseni Jantsch, 1995
Size
Less than 35mm long
Identification
Diagnosis. Habitus fairly small. Head capsule roughly triangular. Vertex concave, flattened, or arched. Lower frons transverse. Compound eyes ovate-rounded to bluntly truncated. Pronotum longer than forecoxae, keeled with broadly rounded to weakly marked supracoxal dilation, prozonal margins gradually to sharply converging, supracoxal sulcus well marked. Prothoracic legs relatively shortened; forefemora slender with 4 posteroventral spines, 10-14 anteroventral, 3-4 discoidal spines. Tibial spur groove placed approximately in middle of forefemora. Foretibiae with 7-10 posteroventral and 7-11 anteroventral spines. Mesothoracic and metathoracic legs moderately slender, dorsal surface rounded. Meso/metathoracic femora with genicular spine. Metathoracic metatarsus roughly as long as remaining segments combined. Male forewings subhyaline, narrow, typically exposing last 1-4 abdominal tergites, may be brachypterous as in female. Female forewings about as long as pronotum or shorter. Male hindwings with discoidal area narrow, anal area typically infumated and with darkened blotch in macropterous form. Female hindwings fuliginous throughout. Abdomen fusiform to elongate. Supra-anal plate quite large, generally rounded at base, keeled. Cerci typically long, usually surpassing subgenital plate. (1)
Range
All of western United States
Food
Other insects
Remarks
The following names are valid for this genus.

Litaneutria minor (Scudder, 1872)
Litaneutria ocularis Saussure, 1892
Litaneutria pacifica Scudder, 1896
Litaneutria skinneri Rehn, 1907
Litaneutria elongata Anderson, 2018
Litaneutria emarginata Anderson, 2018
Print References
“Praying Mantises of the United States and Canada” Kris Anderson 2018
Works Cited
1.Praying Mantises of the United States and Canada
Kris Anderson. 2018. Independently published.