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Genus Thesprotia

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mantodea (Mantids)
Family Thespidae
Genus Thesprotia
Explanation of Names
Thesprotia Stål, 1877
Numbers
About 14 species. Only one north of Mexico.
Identification
Very slender; small conical projections or "bumps" on top of eyes (not always easily seen, depending on perspective); front tibiae very short; pronotum with portion behind attachment of front legs about 3 or 4 times the length of portion in front.

Bactromantis & Oligonicella are most similar, differing in being stockier of build, and in proportions of pronotum. Oligonicella has front and back of pronotum about equal. Bactromantis has the rear portion of the pronotum about two times longer than the front portion.
Range
Southeastern U.S. through Central America to southern South America.