Titanodula grandis

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Titanodula grandis, also known as the giant Asian mantis, is a species of praying mantis native to the region around the Bay of Bengal in southern Asia. It is found in Northeast India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. It is a large mantis which grows up to 6 inches long and is capable of eating small birds, reptiles and mammals.[1]

Giant Asian mantis
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T. grandis
Binomial name
Titanodula grandis
(Saussure, 1870)
Synonyms
  • Hierodula grandis Saussure, 1870

TaxonomyEdit

T. grandis was originally placed in Hierodula, but a 2020 study moved the species to a new genus, Titanodula, based on its large size and the unique shape of the male genitalia.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Giant Asian Mantis
  2. ^ Xavier H.C. Vermeersch. 2020. Titanodula gen. nov., A New Genus of Giant Oriental Praying Mantises (Mantodea: Mantidae: Hierodulinae). Belgian Journal of Entomology. 100: 1–18.